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Prose - What Else Can A Poor Man Say?

Updated on October 11, 2011

A flower blooms
In a dry creek bed
But to you it’s just a weed
Money is your life
Which you deny
Because of the book you read
Gold may shine
But my soul lives on
Even in the shadow of your greed
A boast is loud
But my humility challenges
Your ego’s need
A gun can kill
But peacemakers live
No matter how much they bleed
The poor remain blessed
Even as they live on scraps
From the table where you feed
As the Earth burns
And turns to brown
Hope springs from our seed
We look into our hearts
For love of life
Before cynicism begins to breed
There is no admission
No parole
Nothing to plead
We sleep well
In our honesty
With nothing to concede
You live well
With a wry smile
For those you mislead
You will never win
Because earthly salvation
Your sin will impede
As we watch
And remember the warnings
You failed to heed

All Rights Reserved. Copyright 2011. The Suburban Poet



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      Mark Lecuona 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Teylina - Thank you! It seems we've been choked for too long now....

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      Teylina 6 years ago

      Well put, what a difference in the good in capitalism and the pure gut-wrenching greed that can sprout up and choke up an entire country!

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      Mark Lecuona 6 years ago from Austin, Texas

      @Thank each of you for your very kind remarks. I guess this is sort of a contemporaneous protest with the ones being held on Wall Street. It's not a matter of being jealous or envious. It's the rigged system that we KNOW is in place. I can handle a man like Jobs who makes money because he is brilliant and produces a product; but those who bet money on misery (shorting the market) are just well-dressed maggots and yes I'm offended by it. Watch the Enron documentary sometime and you will know where I'm coming from. I know several people very well who lost hundreds of thousands of dollars even though they were like you and I; people who just went to work to do an honest day's job.

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      quildon 6 years ago

      Great poem with great messages about life.

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      Mike Teddleton 6 years ago from Midwest USA

      Well done, you have me thinking, thanks. Mike

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      matt6v33 6 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand


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      JadedLove 6 years ago

      Beautifully written and very interesting indeed. Makes me think a little more about what I value inside. Great read. Up and beautiful.

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      kathryn1000 6 years ago from London

      I like it very much.It's technically well written and laso moving and full of feeling.

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      Justsilvie 6 years ago

      You have described life and people I know it is right now. Excellent Poem!

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      Jeremiah Walton 6 years ago from New England

      I love this poems style and message! Great job! Keep up the good writing, I look forward to seeing more