From Something to Nothing, Poverty kills

06 Mar




Deep in a forgotten ally, beneath todays paper lies 

Some one that once was

Once was a father but the courts took his rights

Once was a son but his mother has long passed

His own father but a figment of a different time

He can’t seem to find the time, it’s forgotten him as well

He is homeless, poor and the face of poverty

Empty of emotion and life

He’s a shell with cracks showing

Cracks lined along wrinkled skin

Hardened by the streets he lives in

Hopeless or should i say loveless

No one respects a man who has less

Although through his veins run rivers deep

The blood of kings and queens

His deep black skin tells the truth of America

In his moment of glory, the plot was already thickening

He was rising like the morning sun

Full of promise and great potential

He would not bend and break by societal rules

He couldn’t conform to capitalistic hues

He became a martyr of a forgotten cause

The face of poverty

Wounded by capitalism

Tricked by socialism

Made dependent by Democrats

Trampled by Republicans

Forgotten by society

But blamed for societal ills

He embodies poor, poverty, minority, the underdog

He is poverty


Posted by on March 6, 2013 in Uncategorized


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3 responses to “From Something to Nothing, Poverty kills

  1. Helena Fortissima

    March 6, 2013 at 11:07 am

    A stirringly haunting and emotional poem, Tony. I see people like him every day and am filled with the same questions and sentiments.

  2. Tony Jefferson

    March 6, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I can only speak from experience, i was at one point in life that person.

  3. umashankar

    March 7, 2013 at 8:29 am

    “He can’t seem to find the time, it’s forgotten him as well” If words could deliver blows, these surely did. Out here in a world where neither Republicans nor Democrats exist, he is equally abject and destitute.


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