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Poverty of Thought
by Melissa Crosson

Monday, March 14, 2005
Rated "PG" by the Author.
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Iíve been researching Poverty of Thought since Ace mentioned it because I didnít realize there was such a thing. Iíve found some interesting things about it and even read some things on Schizophrenia because thatís what you find when you search for Poverty of Thought. Not to down play or make fun of Schizophrenia patients but itís like when us writes have writers block. The words just escape you and you canít put a coherent thought together and sometimes you ramble (like I am now) or even jump from one subject to another without there being a rhyme or reason to the subject matter. So I decided to write a poem on the subject. An aphorism of Kim Jong Il:Poverty of philosophy results in the poverty of thought, which in turn ends in the poverty of creation.

Poverty of Thought

Poverty means different things to different people
For some it means being poor
For some itís just a deficiency in amount, scantiness
For some itís unproductiveness; infertility
For some itís even a Vow

Why is it that we can all see it so differently?
Maybe itís just the English language
Maybe thereís more to it than that
Maybe we just donít see it at all
Could it be that some of us are blind?
Maybe we donít want to see it at all?
Maybe weíre just missing it all together
Maybe we all need to open our eyes to see it at all

To the ones that have taken a Vow:
I appreciate all you have sacrificed
But even you donít know what it means
To hope and pray you can feed your kids

To the ones that see it as unproductiveness:
Take a closer look
Youíre missing the problems of most
Itís not that theyíre being lazy
Itís just that the economy sucks

For the ones that see it as a deficiency in amount, scantiness:
Youíre probably the closest to understanding
You understand it isnít easy in this day and age
Of 150,000 dollar mortgages and a salary that doesnít pay it all

And for those of us that see it as just being poor:
Open your eyes and look out your front door
Are you one of the few that can afford a 150,000 dollar mortgage
And still have food for the poor?
If so get your butt out the door

And for those that see the people that suffer from this plight:
I hope youíre doing all to help make them right
Because theyíre the ones that suffer the most
From this evil we have named poverty

Some canít even tell their children they love them
Some canít even get their foot in the door
The door of a normal life
Is all they wish for.
Most canít even be cured
So they continue to wish for a door
Hoping that one day the door will be there
And they can open the door
Into the world of real life
Where they still canít even afford
To have anything in life
And then they willingly close the door
On any chance they ever had
On any semblance of real life
On any hopes they might have had before

Take a close look around
Youíll see all kinds of poverty
In everyday life
But just remember those trying to get a foot in the door

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Reviewed by Kate Clifford 5/24/2005
Your thoughts waves are full of insight. Fantastic write.
Reviewed by Robin Adams 3/22/2005
Wow! Perhaps the right people will read this and it will strike a cord in their hearts.
Reviewed by jude forese 3/19/2005
certainly no povertry of thought in this poem ...

solid poem ...
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader) 3/14/2005
You know I think this is a really good poem done in essay style and I had not thought on this angle. A big thank you for this most excellent write.

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