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to discover the many forms that love can take. (Barabara Blackman in 'Glass After Glass')

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9 November 2013

Being Poor Is Too Expensive

Being poor is not enough
being poor is not enough…continued

and continued and continued;
you get into the way of it.
Frugal becomes the norm.

Being poor is temporary
being poor is waiting

and the waiting goes on a long time.
What are we waiting for?
We are waiting not to be poor.

Being poor is becoming trendy
being poor is an interesting experience

for a while — then it just becomes dreary
and you’d like things like luxury
and self-indulgence. You get sick of poor.

Being poor is that it deprives people of their dreams
being poor is the tragic song that has no particular music
being poor is like a maze

and maybe one never gets out
but keeps on running and running
endlessly, up to countless dead ends.

Being poor isn't
being poor is a frame of mind
being poor is the ultimate opportunity handed a person.

Oh how that craps me off!
Try it, muthafuckers, and then
give me your New Age BS.


Oops! I don't think this one goes in a book for children!



Also inspired by a dVerse prompt for a poem based on Googlisms:  
every line, including title, that begins with 'being poor' is from Google.



22 comments:

  1. Whew, Rosemary, you have really made a strong statement with your poem....you have given me some new insights!

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    1. Hope I didn't shock you with the last verse! (Sometimes I don't know what I feel until I write it.)

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    2. Ha, Rosemary! Takes quite a bit to shock me. Smiles.

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  2. Yeah, New Age BS it sure is - & you didn't shock me anyway... though I admit to being a bit surprised to hear that other phrase coming from your mouth :) - but I can't now imagine the poem without it, gives it punch

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    1. Ha ha, yes people are always surprised when I swear. (Which is not infrequent.) I'm glad you think it is right for the poem.

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  3. 'being poor is an interesting experience' ~ for sure! Thanks for visiting :)

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    1. Ha — interesting as in Chinese curse! :)

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  4. ha i had tht interesting experience for a few years...its all relative though...poor here is rich in some places....i will take humility at any level you know...smiles..dang, attitude in the last line...ha!

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    1. Indeed it is all relative, and I actually know that I'm rich compared with some.

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  5. Yeah, TRY IT! Right sharing of world resources is the only way! Home run, Rosemary.

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    1. Thank you, Susan. Sadly, your solution still seems a long way off.

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  6. Being poor is a state no one wants to be in! Ugh...made me think of those who have never been in someone's shoes but give unsolicited advice anyway.

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  7. Oh this was stark.. love how you weaved in your own comments here.. this is absolutely brilliant-

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  8. In the UK the best advice for survival is: Either be very very rich or very very poor.
    Those in the middle get squeezed from both sides and have a very very hard time at the minute.

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    1. Well, I'm not very, very poor. Not homeless, not starving, not going without medical care — just constantly juggling the budget. I am not usually so fed up with it as this poem sounds!

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  9. an opportunity?? well, i understand your last lines...

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  10. The way you alternate your Googlism lines with your own sharp observations underlines a power that would not be achieved by the list poem lines alone. You've crafted a sardonic strength in your lines that demands attention.

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    1. Thankyou, Sam. Yes, the Google lines alone would have led in quite a different direction. :-D

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