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Is there anything like poverty?
is it POVERTY when a man is healthy
but not wealthy?
Is it POVERTY when a man is wealthy
but not healthy?
Is it POVERTY when a man is a rich-illiterate

but a poor-literate?
Is it POVERTY when a man has many children
but there is no money to take care of them?
Is it POVERTY when a man is rich
but has no child?
What you call POVERTY might be RICHES

to the other man.
there not out there financially
rich barren women
who are craving for children?
Are there not out there
financially muscled people
who do not have peace?
Are there not out there people
who are handicapped
but have handwork?
What seems as POVERTY to you
might be RICHES to the other man.
Is the success of man
determined by how successful
he is financially?
In life, man lags one thing or another
no matter how highly placed.
So, there is no RICH man, no POOR man.

What abound are gluttonous-insatiable persons
or you call them, kleptomaniacs.

(Written on 14th Dec. 2009).

Odimegwu Onwumere is a Poet/Author, Founder of Poet Against Child Abuse (PACA), Rivers State, Nigeria. Mobile: +2348032552855. Email:

God bless all writers for they are the image of God.

When you insult a writer, you'er not doing the best for him.But when you correct him, you're a good friend.
Cheers !

Odimegwu Onwumere

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The following comments are for "Poverty?"
by Princeo

Has the feel of a spoken word piece. I like the repetitive elements. Pretty cool teaching poem!

( Posted by: jonpenny [Member] On: April 17, 2010 )

An interesting piece with a strong message. Great job!

Much Love,


( Posted by: HeRoCoMpLeX [Member] On: April 19, 2010 )

Anytime a writing is worth reading more than once, it is a good piece. Thank You ...

( Posted by: JetfireK [Member] On: April 19, 2010 )

I agree with Ken about the spoken word feel. Liked that you wrote of both ends of spectrum. Gives poem a balanced feel.

( Posted by: toscano [Member] On: May 1, 2010 )

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