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"ACTON BEAUCHAMP, HEREFORDSHIRE", by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "acton beauchamp, the poorest place in all the nation"
Last Line: "a lousy parson, a nitty clerk, and a shabby congregation"
Subject(s): Poverty;towns


2 MONTHS RENT DUE AND 1 BAG OF RICE, by LUCI BEACH    Poem Source                
First Line: The kids and her
Last Line: As one more grain of her being %slowly slips out
Subject(s): Poverty


A BALLAD FOR CHRISTMAS-TIDE, by GEORGE MURRAY (1830-1910)    Poem Text                
First Line: There is a story that hath oft
Last Line: Can bridge securely o'er!
Subject(s): Christmas; Evil; Heaven; Hell; Lazarus; Poverty; Wealth; Nativity, The; Paradise; Riches; Fortunes


A BED, by HARRY HIBBARD KEMP    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm glad I have a good warm bed to snuggle / in to-night
Last Line: For the winds are in the alleys and the stars are cold and bright.
Subject(s): Beds; Homeless; Poverty


A BOOK ON ECONOMICS, by HANIEL (CLARK) LONG    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Between long rows of figures lurk
Last Line: I see death freeze a baby's smile.
Subject(s): Child Labor; Poverty; Women


A CHILD'S MINT, by WILLIAM HENRY DAVIES    Poem Text                
First Line: When young, I kissed a miser man
Last Line: Cry out for silver, and for gold.
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): Debt; Poverty; Social Problems


A DESCRIPTION OF THE SPRING IN LONDON, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Now new-vamped silks the mercer's window shows
Last Line: "in gray vauxhall now saunter beaux and belles, / and happier cits resort to sadler's wells"
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers;london;poverty


A FOLK SINGER OF THE THIRTIES, by JAMES DICKEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: On a bed of gravel moving
Last Line: When I opened my mouth to the rich
Subject(s): Poverty; Railroads; Wandering & Wanderers; Railways; Trains; Wanderlust; Vagabonds; Tramps; Hoboes


A LEAN LAMENT, by FERN M. HARLAN    Poem Text                
First Line: I'm sorry that I waited such a long time to be born
Last Line: Will give me strength to last until my dinner.
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Poverty


A PAUPER POET, by GEORGE MURRAY (1830-1910)    Poem Text                
First Line: In a vast city's swarming street, / where crowds sweep wave-like on
Last Line: In climes that oceans part!
Subject(s): Begging & Beggars; Poetry & Poets; Poverty


A POOR MAN'S WEALTH, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A poor man? Yes, I must confess
Last Line: This opulence of poverty.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Faith; Poverty; Wealth; Belief; Creed; Riches; Fortunes


A ROYAL PRINCESS, by CHRISTINA GEORGINA ROSSETTI    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I, a princess, king-descended, deckt with jewels, gilded, drest
Last Line: I, if I perish, perish: in the name of god I go.
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Poverty; Women


A SMALL COUNTRY, by CLARIBEL ALEGRIA    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Behind you
Last Line: And to feel compassion
Alternate Author Name(s): Flakoll, Darwin, Mrs.
Subject(s): Children; Third World; Poverty


A SONG, by FRANCIS LEDWIDGE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: My heart has flown on wings to you, away
Last Line: A sad life deep below the depth of words.
Subject(s): Love; Peasantry; Poverty


A SONG, by HELEN MARIA WILLIAMS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: No riches from his scanty store
Last Line: The storm is in my soul.
Subject(s): Love; Poverty; Wandering & Wanderers; Wealth; Riches; Fortunes


A THIEF, by LOUIS FRECHETTE    Poem Text                
First Line: Twas a bleak winter -- numbers of the poor
Last Line: To punish deeds their hearts reject as crimes.
Subject(s): Christmas; Crime & Criminals; Poverty; Nativity, The


A WAIF, by HENRY AUSTIN DOBSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ragged and starved, with shifting look, and eyes
Last Line: And -- by the grace of god -- can be transformed.
Alternate Author Name(s): Dobson, Austin
Subject(s): Poverty


A WILD FLOWER, by GUSTAVE LEMOINE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A gleaner brown, a rustic flower
Last Line: And mingle weeping with the strain.
Subject(s): Marriage; Poverty; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


ABASEMENT, by THOMAS ANSTEY GUTHERIE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: With matted head a-dabble in the dust
Last Line: Yet learn that strange delight may lurk in self-disgust.
Alternate Author Name(s): Anstey, F.
Subject(s): Eyes; Poverty; Self-criticism


AGAIN: POVERTY AND RICHES, by ROBERT HERRICK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Who with a little cannot be content
Last Line: Endures an everlasting punishment.
Subject(s): Poverty


AGRICULTURAL DISTRESS, by THOMAS HOOD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: One sunday morning - service done
Last Line: "that's hagricultural distress!"
Subject(s): Farm Life; Poverty; Agriculture; Farmers


ALL THINGS BE DEAR BUT POOR MENS LABOUR, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Kind country-men listen I pray
Last Line: All things be dear but poor mens labour
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers;poverty


AN AUTUMN REVERIE, by WILLIAM MCGONAGALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Alas! Beautiful summer now hath fled
Last Line: In general they make a sudden retreat.
Subject(s): Hunger; Money; Poverty


AN ETON ELEGY, by ROWLAND EYLES EGERTON-WARBURTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ye distant spires, ye antique towers
Last Line: "by our own alma mater."
Alternate Author Name(s): Egerton-warburton, R. E.
Subject(s): Hunger; Poverty


ANSWER TO PAUPER, by THOMAS HOOD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Don't tell me of buds and blossoms
Last Line: We'll pass you to the next.
Subject(s): Poverty


ANYWHERE, NOWHERE, by JOHN WILLIAM LLOYD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, the ignominy! Oh the shame of it, the
Last Line: Forever be nowhere?
Alternate Author Name(s): Lloyd, J. William
Subject(s): Homeless; Poverty; Youth


APPLEBAUM'S SUNDAY, by ABRAHAM B. MAGIL    Poem Source                
First Line: Applebaum's sunday is a thing of cautions and carpet-slippers
Last Line: In a millon %power
Subject(s): Poverty; Social Protest


ASSASSINATION OF THE POLO CHAMP, by ALFONSO QUIJADA URIAS    Poem Source                
First Line: They killed the polo champ
Last Line: And above all because he then started walking %as a poor man among the poor
Subject(s): Politics; Polo; Poverty


AT LAST WE KILLED THE ROACHES, by LUCILLE CLIFTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
Last Line: All over the place
Subject(s): Family Life; Poverty; Cockroaches


AYE, by WILLIAM HENRY DAVIES    Poem Text                
First Line: How many years since I, a wandering man
Last Line: Aye ... Aye ... Aye.'
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): Poverty


BAD BUILDING, by NATALIE KENVIN    Poem Source                
First Line: Two blocks from john your friend from pakistan's bar
Last Line: The moon rises dead like the smell of a dime held in a fist
Subject(s): Buildings And Builders; Poverty


BAD OLD DAYS, by KENNETH REXROTH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The summer of nineteen eighteen
Last Line: And the misery, and the %anger, and the vow are the same
Subject(s): Chicago; Evil; Past; Poverty


BEAUTIFUL SNOW, by MAJOR SIGOURNEY    Poem Text                
First Line: Beautiful snow! Beautiful snow!
Last Line: Pity the homeless exposed to the cold, icy snow.
Subject(s): Beauty; Cold; Grief; Happiness; Homeless; Poverty; Snow; Wind; Sorrow; Sadness; Joy; Delight


BEFORE I WAS HUNGRY, by WALTER LANE    Poem Source                
First Line: Before I was poor
Last Line: Rights of %fishermen, %farmers
Subject(s): Appalachia; Farm Life; Poverty


BEGGAR, by DOROTHY GREY SMITH    Poem Text                
First Line: I am the beggar who cries for life
Last Line: Where any passer can see!
Subject(s): Begging & Beggars; Poverty


BELLIES, by JIM WATERS    Poem Source                
First Line: At washington, %I saw a bass-drum belly
Last Line: Of, by and for the bass-drum bellies of the rich
Subject(s): Poverty; Social Protest


BENNY THE BEGGAR, by CALE YOUNG RICE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Old benny the beggar, pocked, ragged and blind
Last Line: And hang himself in her corset strings.
Subject(s): Begging & Beggars; Poverty; Sin


BENT TONES, by CAROLYN D. WRIGHT    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There was a dance at the black school
Last Line: She could see floyd little %changing his shirt for the umpteenth time
Alternate Author Name(s): Wright, C. D.
Subject(s): African Americans; Heat; Poverty


BLACK MESSENGERS, by CESAR VALLEJO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There are some blows in life so hard...I don't know!
Last Line: There are some blows in life so hard...I don't know
Subject(s): Curses; Fate; Hunger; Poverty


BOMBAY, by JOHN PEPPER CLARK    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Here nothing seems new: the rising
Last Line: In the wake of an empress now slut
Alternate Author Name(s): Clark-bekederemo, J. P.; Clark, J. P.
Subject(s): Bombay, India; Cities; Poverty


BOOKS & READING, by JOHN JAY CHAPMAN    Poem Text                
First Line: These journals, notes, and missives of the dead
Last Line: Save a small volume on the scholar's shelf.
Subject(s): Books; Poverty; Scholarship & Scholars; Reading


BOWERY, by LUCY MAROULLETI    Poem Source                
First Line: Spare a quarter
Last Line: Is what counts for you %and for me,a s human beings
Subject(s): Bowery, New York City; Poverty


BRANDON, by EMILY PAULINE JOHNSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Born on the breast of the prairie
Last Line: Nations will nurse at her storehouse, and god gives her grain for wage.
Alternate Author Name(s): Tekahionwake
Subject(s): Poverty; Wealth; Riches; Fortunes


BREAD LINES, by HARRY HIBBARD KEMP    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Good god! What keeps men up so late / upon this dripping night
Last Line: "some day they'll have to answer us, whether they will or no!"
Subject(s): Depressions, Economic; Hunger; Poverty; Recessions


BREASTING THE ROGUE, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: We reach a town of barefoot kids. No one
Last Line: Life rushes swiftly in one-bar towns
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


BRITISH RURAL COTTAGES IN 1842, by EBENEZER ELLIOTT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The scentless rose, train'd by the poor
Last Line: Where is the aged pauper's rose!
Alternate Author Name(s): Corn-law Rhymer; Elliot, Ebenezer
Subject(s): Flowers; Great Britain; Poverty; Roses


CALCUTTA, by JOHN PEPPER CLARK    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Cow and man loll about
Last Line: And slums in flood
Alternate Author Name(s): Clark-bekederemo, J. P.; Clark, J. P.
Subject(s): Calcutta, India; Poverty


CALGARY STATION, by ISABEL ECCLESTONE MACKAY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Dazzled by sun and drugged by space
Last Line: While a new nation clamors at our gate!
Subject(s): Calgary, Canada; Homeless; Poverty; Travel; Journeys; Trips


CATALINA EDDIES, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: Dusk to dawn, sleek skunks enjoy
Last Line: The annual burning pulse
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


CHICAGO IN DECEMBER, by JEANETTE SELETZ    Poem Text                
First Line: The patient whining cry of a hebrew rag ...
Last Line: Any old clothes . . . To sell!
Subject(s): Poverty


CHILDREN OF THE STREET, by LEWIS MORRIS (1833-1907)    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Bright boys vociferous
Last Line: Some vague philosopher.
Subject(s): Child Labor; Great Britain; Newspapers; Poverty; Journalism; Journalists


CHRIST'S POVERTY, by WARREN W. SUTTON    Poem Text                
First Line: There was great reality / in christ's poverty
Last Line: That we might from our sins be free.
Subject(s): Poverty


CHRISTMAS SONG OF THE POOR MAN, by ELIZA COOK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A merry christmas, gentlemen
Last Line: Oh, a merry christmas tide is mine!
Subject(s): Christmas; Poverty; Nativity, The


CHRISTMAS, MADISON SQUARE, by GLADYS CROMWELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In dismal darkness stands the christmas pine
Last Line: Ascends.
Subject(s): Christianity; Poverty; Solitude; Loneliness


CITY OF COUGHING AND DEAD RADIATORS, by MARTIN ESPADA    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I cannot evict them
Last Line: A loud-faced man %trumpets from the gallery: %death to legal aid
Subject(s): Chelsea, Massachusetts; Hispanic Americans; Landlords And Tenants; Poverty


CLOG OF HER BODY, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: Breathe in, blow out, legs in stirrups, bottom up
Last Line: Before you spur him in his sides
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


COLD, by BRENDAN KENNELLY    Poem Source                
First Line: The boy's hands are blue with cold
Last Line: The forecast is not good.
Subject(s): Cold; Poverty; Youth


COLD MOUNTAIN POEMS, SELS., by HAN SHAN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In other days, I was poor enough to suit
Last Line: Around the rice-jar, rats wait hungrily
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Poverty


COLLECTION, by ERNEST HOWARD CROSBY    Poem Source                
First Line: I passed the plate in church
Last Line: Tables of the money-changers, waiting to be overturned
Subject(s): Justice; Poverty; Social Protest


COMES WINTER, THE SEA HUNTING, by NORMAN DUBIE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: This was your very first wall, your crib against
Last Line: Through...
Subject(s): Birth; Fathers & Daughters; Ice; Poverty; Sea; Walls; Child Birth; Midwifery; Ocean


COMPARATIVE SLAVERY, by JANET HAMILTON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Tell me not of negro slavery
Last Line: Success awaits you from above
Alternate Author Name(s): Hamilton, Janet Thompson
Subject(s): Poverty; Slavery


CONTENTMENT, by WILL S. HAYES    Poem Text                
First Line: The banks are all a bustin,' nance, an' things is goin' to smash
Last Line: An' thank him not for what we want, but what we've had an' got.
Subject(s): Banks And Banking; Poverty


COTTON ROWS, COTTON BLANKETS, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: Sprawled on the back of a flatbed truck
Last Line: Brought to foal in the outlines of summer
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


COUNTRY MARRIAGE, by CAROL FROST    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: They married out of school
Subject(s): Marriage; Family Life; Poverty; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Relatives


CREEK THAT BEARS THE SALMON, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: Once upon a time
Last Line: It keeps perfect time
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


DEATH AND MEMORY, by FRANK STANFORD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When poor women died
Subject(s): Funerals; Poverty; Women; Hair; Burials


DEFENSE OF DESOLATION, by WINIFRED WELLES    Poem Text                
First Line: Patiently poverty will tarnish
Last Line: As boughs with lilacs, blossom with their small, white ghosts
Alternate Author Name(s): Shearer, Harold H., Mrs.
Subject(s): Poverty


DELIVERED, by A. ANDERS GRAFSTROM    Poem Text                
First Line: The night was chilly -- home gunnar sped
Last Line: The deliverer came—it was death!
Subject(s): Death; Family Life; God; Hunger; Poverty; Salvation; Dead, The; Relatives


DEPRESSION, by CHARLES REZNIKOFF    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: So proudly she came into the subway car
Subject(s): Unemployment; Disappointment; Poverty; Indifference; Depressions, Economic; Recessions


DIALOGUE ON POVERTY, by YAMANOUE NO OKURA    Poem Source                
First Line: On cold night
Last Line: But I am no bird, and I %cannot escape from it
Alternate Author Name(s): Yamamoue Okura; Okura
Subject(s): Poverty


DOCUMENTAL, by CLARIBEL ALEGRIA    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Let's you and I be a camera
Last Line: My tears, / my obsession
Alternate Author Name(s): Flakoll, Darwin, Mrs.
Subject(s): Nicaragua; Modern Life; Poverty


DOES IT PAY?', by ELLA WHEELER WILCOX    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: If one poor burdened toiler o'er life's road
Last Line: Then, life was worth while
Alternate Author Name(s): Wilson, Robert, Mrs.
Subject(s): Poverty


DRAB STREET, by JEAN HOLMES MINTY    Poem Text                
First Line: I rather love a drab street
Last Line: Love, and lovely things.
Subject(s): Love; Poverty; Streets; Avenues


DUMPSTER DIVING, by DENNIS SCHMITZ    Poem Source                
First Line: The safeway checker's lost count
Last Line: With lice-how little he owes any of us
Subject(s): Begging And Beggars; Idleness; Poverty; Ragpickers


DUST ANGELS, by LAURENCE LIEBERMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: Roaring back into town after all night desert
Last Line: Upon her spirit of pauseless %offerings
Subject(s): Baths And Bathing; Dust; Haiti; Holidays; New Year; Poverty; Race Awareness; Religion


EARTH IS A SATELLITE OF THE MOON, by LEONEL RUGAMA    Poem Source                
First Line: Apollo 2 cost more than apollo 1
Last Line: Blessed are the poor for they shall inherit the moon
Subject(s): Politics; Poverty; Space And Space Travel


EASTER, by JOHN PEPPER CLARK    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: So death %being the harvest of god
Last Line: Dupe, opening, shall find bats far gone with my sap
Alternate Author Name(s): Clark-bekederemo, J. P.; Clark, J. P.
Subject(s): Catholics; Easter; Harvest; Holidays; Poverty


ECLOGUE: THE COMMON A-TOOK IN, by WILLIAM BARNES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Good morn t'ye, john. How b'ye? How b'ye?
Last Line: Or I must goo to workhouse, I do fear.
Subject(s): Autumn; Farm Life; Fences; Poverty; Property; Seasons; Social Protest; Fall; Agriculture; Farmers; Possessions


ECLOGUE: TWO FARMS IN WOONE, by WILLIAM BARNES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: You'll lose your measter soon, then, I do vind
Last Line: Why then we sartainly must starve. Good night!
Subject(s): Farm Life; Hunger; Labor & Laborers; Poverty; Agriculture; Farmers; Work; Workers


ECONOMY, by JOSHUA KEEN    Poem Source                
First Line: I am a deaf selling key chains
Last Line: Lighting cigarettes, fumbling in their pockets for tokens, a transfer
Subject(s): Compassion; Poverty


EDGE OF THE WORLD, by JILL OSIER    Poem Source                
First Line: The summer my grandmother was dying my father walked me to a
Last Line: And crooked jaw, her stubby fingers and coppery skin, her breasts always two %years behind mine
Subject(s): Children; Friendship; Poverty


EL CONAL: MY GRANDFATHER'S GRIDDLE, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: He'd stand outside %watch his garden for hours
Last Line: It was good. There was nothing more to say
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


EL MOVIMIENTO, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: Hey, ese, you heard about that righteous
Last Line: About el movimiento, something about cockroaches
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


EL PORVENIR, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: He paints on the front of his store
Last Line: Of women straight from the fields
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


EMILIANO ZAPATA EYES, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: Laura's so goofy over him
Last Line: In a hive of drones
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


EMPTY PITCHFORKS, by THOMAS LUX    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
Subject(s): Poverty


ENCOUNTER, by IRENE CARLISLE    Poem Text                
First Line: Younger than we, she climbed the muddy hill
Last Line: And pitying watched us down the sodden road.
Subject(s): Poverty; Women


EPITAPH, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: This worlds a city full of crooked streets
Last Line: The rich could always live and the poor must die
Subject(s): Epitaphs;poverty;wealth; Riches;fortunes


ESCUTCHEON, by HALA JEAN HAMMOND    Poem Text                
First Line: Something of the abundance of trees, of woods, of deep wells
Last Line: The perfect ...
Subject(s): Begging & Beggars; Poverty


EVICTED, by WALT MASON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: New gray hairs are adorning my venerable
Last Line: Alarm; and we shall join the paupers, out at the county farm.
Subject(s): Farm Life; Modesty; Poverty; Agriculture; Farmers


EXPERIENCE IN POVERTY; DRAMATIC SKETCH, by PAUL HAMILTON HAYNE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: How bitterly you speak!
Last Line: Of this same fair, good, reasonable world!
Subject(s): Poverty


EZLN, by ANNE WALDMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Note this / a range of which
Subject(s): Clubs (associations); Freedom; Human Rights; Labor Unions; Mexico; Military; Poverty; Strikes; Liberty; Labor Disputes; Lockouts


EZLN, by ANNE WALDMAN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Note this %a range of which
Last Line: Terra-cotta idols %smashed to the ground
Subject(s): Clubs (associations); Freedom; Human Rights; Labor Unions; Mexico; Military; Poverty; Strikes


FACTS, by WILLIAM HENRY DAVIES    Poem Text                
First Line: One night poor jim had not a sou
Last Line: In faith that christ is still alive.
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): Faith; Poverty; Belief; Creed


FARMWORKERS' DAUGHTER, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: Khaki, everywhere khaki. %not us, boy
Last Line: We'll be so outta sight
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


FATHER, MOTHER, by CARLOS GERMAN BELLI    Poem Source                
Last Line: Or an owl's
Subject(s): Depressions, Economic; Peru; Poverty; Wages


FIGURES, by DORIANNE LAUX    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When he walks by an old drunk or a stumbling vet
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Poverty; Women; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


FIGURES, by DORIANNE LAUX    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When he walks by an old drunk or a stumbling vet
Last Line: Can't be more than what he owes
Subject(s): Alcoholics And Alcoholism; Poverty; Women


FINDING A WAY, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: Where did I leave the recording
Last Line: For walking the wrong %side of town
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


FIVE DOLLARS A WEEK, by HERBERT KAUFMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Thus is it down on beelzebub's books
Last Line: "when a girl hasn't money enough for her board."
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Poverty; Work; Workers


FIVE KIDS SLEPT IN THE CAR ON THE LONG HIGHWAY TO L.A. THEIR MOTHER,, by SESSHU FOSTER    Poem Source                
Last Line: From the snack bar. It's hotter than shit today
Subject(s): Children; Poverty; Women - Abused


FLOWER DAY, by HARRY RANDOLPH BLYTHE    Poem Text                
First Line: On flower day the gardens came
Last Line: On flower day.
Subject(s): Cities; Poverty; Urban Life


FOLK SINGER OF THE THIRTIES, by JAMES DICKEY    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: On a bed of gravel moving
Last Line: When I opened my mouth to the rich
Subject(s): Poverty; Railroads; Wanderers And Wandering


FOLKS AT LONESOMEVILLE, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Pore-folks lives at lonesomeville
Last Line: Goes to lonesomeville!
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Christmas; Poverty; Santa Claus; Winter; Nativity, The; Nicholas, Saint


FOR A' THAT AND A' THAT; SONG, by ROBERT BURNS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Is there, for honest poverty
Last Line: Shall brothers be for a' that!
Variant Title(s): A Man's A Man For A' That;honest Poverty
Subject(s): Brotherhood; Class Struggle; Equality; Freedom; Mankind; Poverty; Liberty; Human Race


FOR MOMS, by LYNN MANNING    Poem Source                
First Line: Somebody asked me the other day
Last Line: She's doing 'reeeaal' good
Subject(s): Homeless; Mothers; Poverty; Social Problems


FOR THE POOR, by HO HYONGMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: Frail in the blade
Last Line: The way grass never feels sorry %for its grassiness
Subject(s): Poverty


FOUR-FLUSHERS, by WILLIAM A. PHELON    Poem Text                
First Line: Great is the four-flush. In the sporting world
Last Line: For life is just a four-flush, after all!
Subject(s): Duplicity; Poverty; Sports; Deceit


FROM THIS SHORE, by ELIAS MIGUEL MUNOZ    Poem Source                
First Line: You speak of hatred
Last Line: Pregnant with arrogance %nailed to an I myself %that brings you so close %to this other shore
Subject(s): Emotions; Hate; Hunger; Poverty


FUIT ILIUM, by EDWARD SANDFORD MARTIN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ere you dissipate a quarter
Last Line: And tobacco grows, a weed.
Subject(s): Poverty


FUNERAL SERVICE, by EVE MERRIAM    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: As we poor outnumber the rich, so evil days to good
Alternate Author Name(s): Moskovitz, Eva
Subject(s): Funerals; Poverty; Burials


FUTILITY, by ALPAY ULKU    Poem Source                
First Line: The highway is going to hell in northern wyoming
Last Line: The big dipper hangs on its peg %over an empty rain barrel
Subject(s): Poverty; Prairies; Wyoming


GARBAGE KEEPERS, by DOROTHY BARRESI    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Where is their calm, their rest?
Last Line: Worm-pink, squirming for milk
Subject(s): Poverty; Refuse And Refuse Disposal; Solitude


GEORGE, by BARTON SUTTER    Poem Source                
First Line: Didn't own much
Last Line: Be poor and follow me
Subject(s): Character; Farm Life; Men; Poverty


GHAZALS: 2, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I load my own shells and have a suitcase of pressed
Last Line: & nitrogen, the rows are crooked and the field limp, depleted.'
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Poverty; Travel


GHETTO, by LOLA RIDGE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Lights go out
Last Line: By many babies at her teats, %turns on her trampled bed to meet the day
Alternate Author Name(s): Lawson, David, Mrs.
Subject(s): Poverty


GIRLFRIENDS, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: Rosie/ I %got pregnant
Last Line: Rosie/I thought %I/she %was lucky
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


GIRLS IN TIJUANA, by LINDA K. SIENKIEWICZ    Poem Source                
First Line: Along revolucion street, she braids
Last Line: From the ocean into another world
Subject(s): Begging And Beggars; Hunger; Mexico; Poverty


GLEANINGS, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: Twilight carves a dimple in the valley
Last Line: Landscapes that yield their portion of heart
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


GOD PITY THE POOR, by AMOS RUSSEL WELLS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: God pity the poor!' I cry
Last Line: But how am I pitying them?
Subject(s): Poverty


GOD TO HUNGRY CHILD, by JAMES LANGSTON HUGHES    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Hungry child, %I didn't make this world for you
Last Line: Not for you, %hungry child
Alternate Author Name(s): Hughes, Langston
Subject(s): African Americans; Poverty; Social Protest


GODS IN THE GUTTER, by ROBERT WILLIAM SERVICE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I dreamed I saw three demi-gods who in a cafe sat
Last Line: Who climbed and climbed the bitter steep to which men turn and pray.
Subject(s): God; Paris, France; Poverty


GOING TO THE POOR, by ANNETTE WYNNE    Poem Text                
First Line: A little maid tripped down the / street
Last Line: And wondered if the poor were I!
Subject(s): Charity; Children; Christmas; December; Kindness; Poverty; Philanthropy; Childhood; Nativity, The


GOODY BLAKE AND HARRY GILL, by WILLIAM WORDSWORTH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, what's the matter? What's the matter?
Last Line: Of goody blake and harry gill!
Subject(s): Poverty


GREEN CORN SEASON, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: You promised you would never keep secrets from me
Last Line: To begin in the green corn season
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


GREEN SHOES, by MICHAEL WATERS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Those green shoes on the curb
Last Line: Fortune in the unblinking sunlight
Subject(s): Homeless; Idleness; Poverty


HARLEM SHADOWS, by CLAUDE MCKAY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I hear the halting footsteps of a lass
Last Line: In harlem wandering from street to street.
Alternate Author Name(s): Edwards, Eli
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Harlem (new York City); Poverty; Prostitution; Harlots; Whores; Brothels


HARMATAN, by PAUL RANDOLPH VIOLI    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Yesterday also has its leaves, newspapers
Last Line: Of the earth ceaselessly emptying itself
Subject(s): Europe; Immigrants; Memory; Middle East - Conflicts; Poetry And Poets; Poverty; Protestantism; Racism; Refugees; Sahara Desert; Solitude; U.s. - Foreign Population


HAVING, by ISIDOR SCHNEIDER    Poem Source                
First Line: Having is an equation; the terms
Last Line: They coil a rope around you
Subject(s): Poverty; Social Protest


HE WHO IS LIKE, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: He toasts me with cinzano on the rocks
Last Line: Of brown. I have never felt a kinder glance
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


HEARINGS, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: We weren't unaware, stuck here
Last Line: To bring the sons home safe
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


HEART, by DORIANNE LAUX    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The heart shifts shape of its own accord-from bird to ax
Subject(s): Hearts; Homeless; Kindness; Poverty; Women


HEART, by DORIANNE LAUX    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The heart shifts shape of its own accord-from bird to ax
Last Line: Cop-on-the-beat heart with its black billy club, %banging on the lid
Subject(s): Hearts; Homeless; Kindness; Poverty; Women


HEARTLANDS, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: My son hitched a trailer to his rambler
Last Line: A passion for wild turkey in the brush
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


HERMES: 8, by ANDRE MARIE CHENIER    Poem Source                
First Line: We live; we live in squalor. And so? It had to be
Last Line: It will be you tomorrow, poor imbecile
Subject(s): Poverty


HEROES OF WAR AND PEACE, by ELLA WHEELER WILCOX    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ay, that is a story that takes one's breath
Last Line: For the martyrs of peace and the victims of wrong?
Alternate Author Name(s): Wilson, Robert, Mrs.
Subject(s): Poverty; Social Protest


HIS FATHER CARVED UMBRELLA HANDLES, by CHARLES REZNIKOFF    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
Subject(s): Ghettos; Teaching & Teachers; Family Life; Poverty; Despair; Educators; Professors; Relatives


HOLY THURSDAY, FR. SONGS OF EXPERIENCE, by WILLIAM BLAKE    Poem Text     Poem Explanation             Poet's Biography
First Line: Is this a holy thing to see
Last Line: Nor poverty the mind appall.
Subject(s): Ascension Day; Bible; Holidays; Mythology; Poverty


HOLY THURSDAY, FR. SONGS OF INNOCENCE, by WILLIAM BLAKE    Poem Text     Poem Explanation             Poet's Biography
First Line: Twas on a holy thursday, their innocent faces clean
Last Line: Then cherish pity, lest you drive an angel from your door
Subject(s): Ascension Day; Bible; Holidays; Mythology; Poverty


HOMELESS, by JORGE HERNANDEZ    Poem Source                
First Line: The years wear %an unsized shoe
Last Line: As to give me your little sandals
Subject(s): Homeless; Poverty


HOMELESS, by ADELAIDE ANNE PROCTER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It is cold dark midnight, yet listen
Last Line: And dives neglects him still.
Alternate Author Name(s): Berwick, Mary
Subject(s): England; Homeless; Poverty; English


HORATIANS: 1, by VICENT ANDRES ESTELLES    Poem Source                
First Line: There's nothing I like as much
Last Line: I close my eyes and gulp down the motherfucker
Subject(s): Poverty


HOUSE, by LUCILA GODOY ALCAYAGA    Poem Source                
First Line: The table, son, is laid
Last Line: To sleep with body and soul
Subject(s): Family Life; Food And Eating; Hunger; Poverty


HOUSEHOLD OF EIGHT, by ABRAHAM REISEN    Poem Source                
Last Line: But you sleep alone
Subject(s): Family Life; Poverty


HOW GOOD ARE THE POOR, by VICTOR MARIE HUGO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Tis night - within the close-shut cabin door
Variant Title(s): The Poor Fisher Fol
Subject(s): Poverty


HOW GREAT IS LITTLE MAN, by CHRISTINA GEORGINA ROSSETTI    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
Last Line: For what he will he can
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Mankind; Poverty; Wealth


HUELGA, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: Fresno slumps late summer
Last Line: As we chant %huelga! Huelga! Huelga!
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


HUNGER, by LYLE BARTSCHER    Poem Text                
First Line: Behind the prison bars of mind
Last Line: My heart is beating with his cane.
Subject(s): Poverty


HUNGRY, by MANJARI MURTHY    Poem Source                
First Line: The children sat under the roof of the old straw hut
Last Line: As they went to work some more
Subject(s): Child Labor; Hunger; Poverty


HUNGRY MAN'S WHEEL, by CESAR VALLEJO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: From between my own teeth I come out smoking
Last Line: And now I have nothing, this is hideous
Variant Title(s): The Starving Man's Rac
Subject(s): Poverty


HYMN TO POVERTY, by EDWARD MOORE (1712-1757)    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O poverty! Thou source of human art
Last Line: I sink beneath the terrors of thy face.
Subject(s): Poverty


I AM NOT RICH; I HAVE ONE GARMENT, by JOSEPH ROLNIK    Poem Source                
Subject(s): Poverty


I AM THE LITTLE IRISH BOY, by HENRY DAVID THOREAU    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
Last Line: And Iím four years old
Subject(s): Immigrants; Poverty


I KNOW AN AGED MAN CONSTRAINED TO DWELL, by WILLIAM WORDSWORTH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
Last Line: That friendship lasts though fellowship is broken!
Subject(s): Old Age; Poverty; Robins; Prisons & Prisoners


IF, by JAMES JEFFREY ROCHE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, if the world were mine, love
Last Line: No more, I think, shall I.
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of; Poverty


IF I TRUST MYSELF, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: This time I swore I wouldn't be
Last Line: A sweet fragrant planting impossible to remove
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


IF IT COMES TO THIS, by JAMES OPPENHEIM    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Bitter, bitter
Last Line: Or are you an empty word to cover our feeble spirits?
Subject(s): Poverty; Social Protest; Wealth; Riches; Fortunes


IMAGES: 3, by VALERY LARBAUD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Between cordova and seville
Last Line: Through their cigar-stench, in the dining-car.
Subject(s): Andalusia, Spain; Poverty; Railroads; Travel; Railways; Trains; Journeys; Trips


IN A CHOP-SUEY JOINT, by HARRY HIBBARD KEMP    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Climb up a flight of darkly-winding stair
Last Line: Whose voice betrays her painted wantonness.
Subject(s): Dirt; Poverty; Restaurants; Cafes; Diners


IN POVERTY STREET, by ELLIOTT FLOWER    Poem Text                
First Line: It's dirty, ill-smelling
Last Line: In poverty street.
Subject(s): Charity; Poverty; Sacrifices; Philanthropy


IN REGENT STREET, by LEWIS MORRIS (1833-1907)    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: One of the nightly hundreds who pass
Last Line: Or ever I look on the like again.
Subject(s): Poverty; Widows & Widowers


IN THE CHIROPRACTOR'S OFFICE, by JR. ORVAL A. LUND    Poem Source                
First Line: A woman is talking about her late husband, is talking about
Last Line: Pair of new black shoes for his funeral, 'new black shoes for %elwood to walk to jesus'
Subject(s): Chiropractors; Love - Marital; Poverty; Women


IN THE EVENINGS, by LUCILLE CLIFTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I go through my rooms
Last Line: Like a ghost
Subject(s): Cold; Evening; Ghosts; Poverty; Supernatural; Winter; Sunset; Twilight


IN THE EVENINGS, by LUCILLE CLIFTON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I go through my rooms
Last Line: Shaking locks in the night %like a ghost
Subject(s): Cold; Evening; Ghosts; Poverty; Supernatural; Winter


IN THE SUBJUNCTIVE, by BERTON BRALEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: If I were a hotel waiter
Last Line: And you're on a magazine.
Subject(s): Poverty; Wishes


INFLATION, by BRENDAN KENNELLY    Poem Source                
First Line: The unknowns enrich the grass
Last Line: Inflate the bellies of the famous.
Subject(s): Grass; Greed; Poverty


IT'S NOT ABOUT RACE, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: It is thick summer in new york
Last Line: Nothing to anchor him to the newly wet lawn
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


IT'S THE SYME THE WIDE WORLD OVER, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
Last Line: Ayn't it all a bloody shyme!
Subject(s): Poverty;wealth; Riches;fortunes


ITCH, by BRENDAN KENNELLY    Poem Source                
First Line: Although the sun is the cloak of the poor
Last Line: This porcupine castrator %itches all over.
Subject(s): Poverty; Reproductive System


JASPAR, by ROBERT SOUTHEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Jaspar was poor, and vice and want
Last Line: Upon the maniac's soul.
Subject(s): Guilt; Murder; Poverty; Sin; Story-telling


JOSEPHINE, by RAY CLARKE ROSE    Poem Text                
First Line: Hark, the very birds are singing, 'josephine!'
Last Line: Josephine?
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers; Love; Man-woman Relationships; Poverty; Wealth; Male-female Relations; Riches; Fortunes


JOY, by JOHN GOULD FLETCHER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: By a street-organ stands a minstrel bawling
Last Line: And the dirt of life, and the flies, and the women squabbling.
Subject(s): London; Poverty


KITCHEN RANGE, by UMBERTO SABA    Poem Source                
First Line: What immense gratitude one feels toward life
Last Line: To the people in whom I die, to where was born
Subject(s): Family Life; Homecoming; Poverty


LA CURANDERA, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: She shuffles to the door on faded scuffs
Last Line: I can never go to heaven if the old man dies
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


LA DERNIERE ROBE DE SOI, by EDITH BLAND NESBIT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh, silken gown, all pink and pretty
Last Line: Dear gown -- I hope you won't feel lonely!
Alternate Author Name(s): Nesbit, E.; Bland, Mrs. Hubert
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress; Poverty; Socialism


LA LLORONA, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: Cuca bellies down, her scarred arms from last year's fire
Last Line: Bubble of head inches below water
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


LA MADRUGADA, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: The radio alarm clock sputters
Last Line: Of harvesting the fields
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


LAMENT, by EDNA ST. VINCENT MILLAY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Listen, children: / your father is dead
Last Line: I forget just why.
Alternate Author Name(s): Boyd, Nancy; Boissevain, Eugen, Mrs.
Subject(s): Lament; Poverty; Social Protest


LAMENTS, SELS., by JAN KOCHANOWSKI    Poem Source                
First Line: I'd buy you wisdom, with all of the world's gold
Last Line: Like all the rest, I'm flung from its top stair
Subject(s): Poverty; Wealth; Wisdom


LAS RUBIAS, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: Dear modern women's magazine the ads say you can be a
Last Line: Against a gold-lit world
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


LAST SARK, by ELLEN+(2) JOHNSTON    Poem Source                
First Line: Gud guide me, are you hame again, an' ha'e ye got nae wark
Last Line: Were it no for my helpless bairns I wadna care to dee
Subject(s): Poverty


LATE DEMONSTRATION IN A FRENCH MINING TOWN, by SANDOR CSOORI    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The wind blows, all day the wind blows
Last Line: From among dented wash bowels %and bones
Subject(s): Poverty


LAURENCE BLOOMFIELD IN IRELAND: 4. BALLYTULLAGH, by WILLIAM ALLINGHAM    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The hamlet ballytullagh, small and old
Last Line: Loy, a half-spade.
Alternate Author Name(s): Pollex, D.; Walker, Patricius
Subject(s): Despair; Mountains; Poverty; Solitude; Travel; Hills; Downs (great Britain); Loneliness; Journeys; Trips


LAURENCE BLOOMFIELD IN IRELAND: 8. THE EVICTION, by WILLIAM ALLINGHAM    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In early morning twilight, raw and chill
Last Line: And firesides buried under fallen thatch.
Alternate Author Name(s): Pollex, D.; Walker, Patricius
Subject(s): Grief; Labor Unions; Landlords & Tenants; Orphans; Police; Poverty; Strikes; Tears; Sorrow; Sadness; Foundlings; Labor Disputes; Lockouts


LAURENCE BLOOMFIELD IN IRELAND: 9. GOING TO THE FAIR, by WILLIAM ALLINGHAM    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ere yet the sun has dried on hedge and furze
Last Line: And biddy enters lisnamoy in pride;
Alternate Author Name(s): Pollex, D.; Walker, Patricius
Subject(s): Animals; Country Life; Festivals; Poverty; Fairs; Pageants


LETTERS TO YESENIN: 13, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: All of those little five-dollar-a-week rooms smelling thick of
Last Line: Blood.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Poverty; Russia; Yesenin, Sergei (1895-1925); Soviet Union; Russians


LETTERS TO YESENIN: 17, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Behind my back I have returned to life with much more surprise
Last Line: Pier. You might want her even in your ghostly form.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Poverty; Travel; Yesenin, Sergei (1895-1925); Journeys; Trips


LETTERS TO YESENIN: 9, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What if I own more paper clips than I'll ever use in this
Last Line: Beautiful duck and my time is free again.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Introspection; Poverty; Property; Yesenin, Sergei (1895-1925); Possessions


LIFE IS THUS, by WALT MASON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Never look behind
Last Line: Behind.
Subject(s): Children; Grief; Life; Parents; Poverty; Childhood; Sorrow; Sadness; Parenthood


LIGHTNING, by JOSE SANTOS CHOCANO    Poem Source                
First Line: O ragged mother, holding out thine hand
Last Line: And thou dost bear the lightning in thy womb!
Subject(s): Poverty; Widows And Widowers


LINDISFAIRE, by ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Horses go down the dingy lane
Last Line: You'll find the old bay hunter there.
Subject(s): Animals; Caregivers; Despair; Horses; Luck; Patience; Poverty


LISTENING TO A BROKEN RADIO, by ARTHUR SZE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The night is / a black diamond
Last Line: Broken radio.
Subject(s): Poverty; Radio; Television; Tv


LITTLE BRITAIN, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "in ancient times, no matter where"
Last Line: "where birds escape the fatal gun, / and men alone are shot at"
Subject(s): Debt;great Britain;poverty


LITTLE FEET, by LUCILA GODOY ALCAYAGA    Poem Source                
First Line: O tiny feet of children
Last Line: And see you not?
Subject(s): Children; Feet; Homeless; Poverty; Roads


LITTLE MANDY'S CHRISTMAS TREE, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Little mandy and her ma
Last Line: Bigger than the other tree!
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Children; Christmas Trees; Poverty; Teaching & Teachers; Childhood


LITTLE WILLIE, by GERALD MASSEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Poor little willie
Last Line: Be a workhouse grave.
Alternate Author Name(s): Bandiera
Subject(s): Poverty


LONDON, FR. SONGS OF EXPERIENCE, by WILLIAM BLAKE    Poem Text     Poem Explanation             Poet's Biography
First Line: I wander thro' each charter'd street
Last Line: And blights with plagues the marriage-hearse.
Variant Title(s): London
Subject(s): Bible; Corruption In Politics; London; Mythology; Poverty; Voices


LOVE AFFAIRS, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: As if short skirts make a bad
Last Line: To see you again, and you tell me %she's pregnant
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


LOVE'S POOR, by RICHARD THOMAS LE GALLIENNE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Yea, love, I know, and I would have it thus
Last Line: T is only, love, because we are so poor.
Subject(s): Poverty


LOVERS OF THE POOR, by GWENDOLYN BROOKS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Arrive. The ladies from the ladies's betterment league
Last Line: Try to avoid inhaling the laden air
Variant Title(s): The Lovers Of The Poor Arriv
Subject(s): Poverty


LUCK'S SHINING CHILD, by GEORGE PALMER GARRETT JR.    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Because I am broke again
Alternate Author Name(s): Garrett, George
Subject(s): Poverty; Teaching & Teachers; Educators; Professors


LUCK'S SHINING CHILD, by GEORGE PALMER GARRETT JR.    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Because I am broke again
Last Line: As much or more than his sleek companion, %luck's shining child
Alternate Author Name(s): Garrett, George
Subject(s): Poverty; Teaching And Teachers


MAN WALKS BY WITH A LOAF OF BREAD ON HIS SHOULDER, by CESAR VALLEJO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
Last Line: How speak of the not-I without crying out?
Subject(s): Poetry And Poets; Poverty; Psychoanalysis


MANIFEST DESTINY, by ANSELM HOLLO    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: To arrive in front of large video screen
Last Line: In its most obvious form, the poor
Subject(s): Poverty


MARGERY'S SONG, by WILLIAM STANLEY MERWIN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I am a jill-whisper
Last Line: With hawthorn in my hair
Alternate Author Name(s): Merwin, W. S.
Subject(s): Bones; Hunger; Poverty


MARRIED PEOPLE, by WALT MASON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Young rollo and alice got married last
Last Line: Do.
Subject(s): Love - Marital; Marriage; Poverty; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


MATTER OF CONTROL, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: Don't be afraid %at night
Last Line: Your shadow flung %against the land
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


MEMORIZING THE CENTER OF TIME, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: Drops of memory collect
Last Line: To the candy store
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


MENU, by BRENDAN KENNELLY    Poem Source                
First Line: The defendant eats a sardine
Last Line: Prisons are for the poor.
Subject(s): Food And Eating; Greed; Law And Lawyers; Poverty; Prisons And Prisoners


METAPHORIC COCKROACHES, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: Experts theorize cockroaches survive anything
Last Line: The rest of one's life. A treat. Sweet. Iron-rich. Sustaining
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


MILKSNAKES AND CHOCOLATE LILIES, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: The children squabbled last night, piercing squall
Last Line: Bulbs that smolder five dry years then bloom
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


MIRAGE, by GERALDINE WILLIS    Poem Text                
First Line: I met them playing in an alley-way
Last Line: And tottered in the gutter of the street.
Subject(s): Poverty


MOON OF HUNGER, MOON OF COYOTE HOWL, by JUDY JORDAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Heat waves rose with gas fumes from the pump
Last Line: Earth this dark, dark star
Subject(s): Automobiles - Service Stations; African Americans; Family Life; Poverty; Gasoline Stations; Filling Stations; Automobile Repair Shops; Negroes; American Blacks; Relatives


MOTHER AND DAUGHTER, by JOSEPH BOVSHOVER    Poem Source                
First Line: A mother's at the washtub
Last Line: But more than I can bear
Subject(s): Poverty; Social Protest


MOTHER TO HER STARVING CHILD, by ANN HAWKSHAW    Poem Source                
First Line: Oh! Sleep; I dread to see those eyes
Last Line: And such, ay such, will be my grief!
Alternate Author Name(s): Aunt Effie; Hawkshawe, Ann; Jackson, Ann
Subject(s): Grief; Mothers; Poverty


MOTOR CITY TIRADE, by DAWN MCDUFFIE    Poem Source                
First Line: Send us your homeless, your crazy
Last Line: When the load just gets too heavy
Subject(s): Cities; Poverty; Streets


MY MASTER AND I, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "says the master to me, is it true? I am told"
Last Line: I can promise you we shall not get first in a rage
Subject(s): England;peace;poverty; English


MY POOR NEIGHBOR, by RAY CLARKE ROSE    Poem Text                
First Line: My neighbor hath a lordly pile
Last Line: While I have home—and you, my dear!
Subject(s): Blessings; Family Life; Fathers; Happiness; Neighbors; Poverty; Wealth; Relatives; Joy; Delight; Riches; Fortunes


NECROPOLIS, by KARL SHAPIRO    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Even in death they prosper; even in the death
Subject(s): Wealth; Poverty; Death; Social Commentaries; Riches; Fortunes; Dead, The


NEGLECTED, by MONICA SHIPP CLINE    Poem Text                
First Line: Beside the weather-boarded shanty
Last Line: Forgotten and neglected.
Subject(s): Cruelty; Desolation; Poverty


NOBODY KNOWS, by BENJAMIN FRANKLIN KING    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Nobody knows when de col' winds am blowin'
Last Line: An' bime-by de lo'd'll tell humanity ter free 'em.
Alternate Author Name(s): King, Ben
Subject(s): Homeless; Poverty


NONE CAN EXPERIENCE STINT, by EMILY DICKINSON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
Last Line: The poverty that was not wealth - %cannot be indigence
Variant Title(s): Poem: 771; Poem: 87
Subject(s): Poverty


NOTES ON POVERTY, by HAYDEN CARRUTH    Poem Text             Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: Was I so poor / in those damned days
Last Line: Stone? I was.
Subject(s): Poverty


NOTHING TO SPARE, by WALT MASON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The hungry children cry for bread, and I
Last Line: And gas.
Subject(s): Cost Of Living; Depressions, Economic; Hunger; Money; Poverty; Recessions


NOW, by BRENDAN KENNELLY    Poem Source                
First Line: In ireland now, why do so many
Last Line: Good night, sweet prince, good night'?
Subject(s): Death; Hope; Ireland; Poverty; Rivers; Sea; Suicide


O FIGURES IN THE COURTYARD, by ANTONIO MACHADO RUIZ    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
Last Line: Across his black garment %was a white rose
Alternate Author Name(s): Machado, Antonio; Machado Y Ruiz, Antonio
Subject(s): Begging And Beggars; Poverty


OCCUPANT: BLUE ROOF APARTMENTS, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: The mail addressed to occupant
Last Line: Addressed to us by name
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


OCTOBER IN THE KINGDOM OF THE POOR, by LORNA GOODISON    Poem Source                
First Line: October, month for rainy weather
Last Line: The stars just come and encircle my head %in a gracious diad
Subject(s): Africa; Ancestors And Ancestry; October; Poverty


ODE TO MY SOCKS, by NEFTALI RICARDO REYES BASUALTO    Poem Text     Poem Explanation         Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Maru mori brought me
Alternate Author Name(s): Neruda, Pablo
Subject(s): Feet; Poverty; Shoes; Boots; Sneakers; Shoemakers


ODE TO MY SOCKS, by NEFTALI RICARDO REYES BASUALTO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Maru mori brought me
Last Line: When it is a matter of two socks %made of wool %in winter
Alternate Author Name(s): Neruda, Pablo
Subject(s): Feet; Poverty; Shoes


OLD MARRIED COUPLE, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: He never told anyone he couldn't swim
Last Line: He did live, %we should have lived
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


OLD TIBOR OF HUNGARY, by NICHOLAS KOLUMBAN    Poem Source                
First Line: Lurk outside like a troll
Last Line: That shimmers lovingly in the sun
Subject(s): Hungary; Poverty


OLD WOMAN, by KATE KIRKHAM    Poem Text                
First Line: Soledad is very old / her meekly patient face
Last Line: But there are shadows -- shadows -- night.
Subject(s): Poverty


OLNEY HYMNS: 53. FOR THE POOR, by WILLIAM COWPER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When hagar found the bottle spent
Last Line: You shall not be forgot.
Subject(s): Poverty


ON POVERTY, by THOMAS FLATMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O poverty! Thou great and wise-man's school
Last Line: And pant, and breathe for immortality.
Subject(s): Poverty


ON THE FIRST DAY SHE MADE BIRDS, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: He asked me if I had a choice
Last Line: Both alike %endless possibilities
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


ON THE INESTIMABLE CONTENT HE ENJOYS IN THE MUSES, by THOMAS RANDOLPH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Go, sordid earth, and hope not to bewitch
Last Line: I might perchance get riches, and be poor.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Poverty


ON VISITING THE CASTLE AND CHURCH OF GRUYERE IN SWITZERLAND, by ROWLAND EYLES EGERTON-WARBURTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Where gruyere's castle, rearing still on high
Last Line: Alone uncared for, crumbling to decay.
Alternate Author Name(s): Egerton-warburton, R. E.
Subject(s): Castles; Churches; Poverty; Switzerland; Wealth; Cathedrals; Swiss; Riches; Fortunes


ONCE POOR, STILL PENURIOUS, by ROBERT HERRICK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Goes the world now, it will with thee goe hard
Last Line: Who is penurious, he shall still be poore.
Subject(s): Poverty


ONE HUNDRED LOVE SONNETS: 29, by NEFTALI RICARDO REYES BASUALTO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: You come from poverty, from the houses of the south
Last Line: With my mother. That's why I chose you, companera
Alternate Author Name(s): Neruda, Pablo
Subject(s): Poverty


OPERATION WETBACK, 1953, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: The day begins like any other day
Last Line: That never brought him home
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


ORATION: HALF-MOON IN VERMONT, by NORMAN DUBIE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A horse is shivering flies off its ribs, grazing
Last Line: Doesn't poverty just fucking break your heart?
Subject(s): Animals; Birds; Girls; Politics & Government; Horses; Owls; Poverty; Vermont


ORCHARD OF FIGS IN THE FALL, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: Somewhere deep in the san joaquin valley
Last Line: A grave of limbs gone wrong
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


OTHER MARIAS, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: Once there were 50 marias
Last Line: Definitely not a virgin
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


OUR BREAD, by CESAR VALLEJO    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: You drink breakfast. The cemetery's damp earth
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Forgiveness; Hearts; Hunger; Poverty; Clemency


OUR BREAD, by CESAR VALLEJO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: You drink breakfast. The cemetery's damp earth
Last Line: Here, in the oven of my heart
Subject(s): Food And Eating; Forgiveness; Hearts; Hunger; Poverty


OUR DAILY BREAD, by CESAR VALLEJO    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Breakfast is drunk down...Damp earth
Last Line: Here, in the oven of my heart...!
Subject(s): Food & Eating; Forgiveness; Hearts; Hunger; Poverty


OUR DAILY BREAD, by CESAR VALLEJO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Breakfast is drunk down...Damp earth
Last Line: Here, in the oven of my heart...!
Subject(s): Bread; Food And Eating; Hunger; Poverty


OUR DESTINATION, by WALT MASON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The poorhouse has no persian rugs, no
Last Line: Until we climb the stars.
Subject(s): Cost Of Living; Poverty


OUTSIDE THE TOYSHOP, by JANE BARLOW    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Beside the door they stand, anear the pane
Last Line: Shall manhood's craving miss even these poor crumbs?
Subject(s): Bread; Food & Eating; Homeless; Hunger; Poverty


PANTRY, by EMOKE PULAY    Poem Source                
First Line: Is the boy's hideaway
Last Line: Bedtime nightly drags him out
Subject(s): Budapest, Hungary; Poverty; Winter


PARABLE, by WILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The young man who had great possessions dreamed
Last Line: Ever went empty-handed from his door.
Alternate Author Name(s): Howells, W. D.
Subject(s): Good Samaritan; Jesus Christ; Poverty


PARADISE VALLEY, DETROIT, by NATALIE KENVIN    Poem Source                
First Line: Sweetie holds a kool in her right hand
Last Line: With the puny voodoo stink %of her cigarette
Subject(s): Detroit, Michigan; Poverty


PARISH GUTT'LERS, OR THE HUMOURS OF A SELECT VESTRY, SELS., by EDWARD WARD    Poem Source                
First Line: An nations oft by cunning knaves
Last Line: To ease the wants of the dejected
Subject(s): Poverty; Religion


PENCIL STUB JOURNALS: CHOICES, by JOHN CIARDI    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: George says he chooses poverty. That's rash
Last Line: I've an experienced aversion to it
Subject(s): Poverty; Life Choices


PENCIL STUB JOURNALS: CHOICES, by JOHN CIARDI    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: George says he chooses poverty. That's rash
Last Line: I've experienced an aversion to it
Subject(s): Poverty


PLAUDITS FOR THOSE WHO FAIL, by THOMAS STEPHEN    Poem Text                
First Line: Reserve your plaudits for the man
Last Line: God bless them for what they endure.
Subject(s): Courage; Failure; Heroism; Poverty; Valor; Bravery; Heroes; Heroines


PLAYED OUT, by PATRICK MACGILL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: As a bullock falls in the crooked ruts, he fell when / the day was over
Last Line: From no particular where.
Subject(s): Death; Hunger; Labor & Laborers; Mortality; Poverty; Dead, The; Work; Workers


PLAYERS, by JOHN PEPPER CLARK    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Union of blood or need, boy and girl
Last Line: In her eyes is not of the wind
Alternate Author Name(s): Clark-bekederemo, J. P.; Clark, J. P.
Subject(s): Begging And Beggars; Homeless; Poverty


PLEASURES OF THE POOR, by THOMAS AUGUSTINE DALY    Poem Text                
First Line: Oh, what I like's a touring car
Last Line: The best of reasons why!
Alternate Author Name(s): Daly, T. A.
Subject(s): Automobiles; Poverty; Cars


PLINY - IX,XXXVI - LAMPRIDIUS - XXIX, by KENNETH REXROTH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When I remember that letter of pliny's
Last Line: Return from high school
Subject(s): Poverty; Writing And Writers


PLUTUS: POVERTY, by ARISTOPHANES    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O dotards both, most easily seduced from wisdom's train
Last Line: I make him labout with his hands to earn his daily bread
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers; Poverty


POEMS FOR THE RICH: 1, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Zaritsky with 10 children
Last Line: O worse off than his dog
Subject(s): Jews;mysticism - Judaism;poverty; Judaism


POEMS FOR THE RICH: 2, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Derision of the working class
Last Line: Past all reproach
Subject(s): Jews;mysticism - Judaism;poverty; Judaism


POEMS FOR THE RICH: 3, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: O mother o mother
Last Line: Women die starving
Subject(s): Jews;mysticism - Judaism;poverty; Judaism


POEMS FOR THE RICH: 4, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Bosses with hearts of stone
Last Line: Where does it end?
Subject(s): Jews;mysticism - Judaism;poverty; Judaism


POEMS OF THE HOME: THE EARTHEN JAR, by LUCILA GODOY ALCAYAGA    Poem Source                
First Line: Earthen jar, dark as my cheek, how easy of access you %are to my thirst!
Last Line: Noon, a cool jar for their sorrowful lips!
Subject(s): Home; Poverty; Thirst


POEMS ON MY DWELLING IN THE REAR PARK: 2, by ZHAO YI    Poem Source                
First Line: I've suffered poverty knocked at my door
Last Line: No civil servants lie there starving to death
Subject(s): China - Qing Dynasty (1644-1912); Civil Service; Poverty


POETRY AND THE POOR, by W. WALSHAM STOWE    Poem Text                
First Line: The world is very beautiful!' I said
Last Line: To make the desert blossom as the rose.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Poverty


POLITICAL BALLADS: DATE OBOLUM BELLESARIO, by FRANCIS HOPKINSON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: As I travell'd o'er the plain
Last Line: A penny to the poor
Subject(s): Charity; Poverty; Social Protest


POOR, by WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It's the anarchy of poverty
Last Line: In a wind that fitfully %turning his corner has %overwhelmedthe entire city
Subject(s): Poverty


POOR MAN'S PRAYER TO THE SPIRITS, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: Fatherless ones
Last Line: Bring me a gift
Subject(s): Eskimos; Native Americans; Poverty


POOR PEOPLE, by RAJZEL ZYCHLINSKA    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Being poor has one color
Alternate Author Name(s): Zychlinska, Rayzel
Subject(s): Jews; Mysticism - Judaism; Poverty; Judaism


PORE FOLKS' HANT, by ESTHER EUGENIA DAVIS    Poem Text                
First Line: I hear wagon-wheels and hoofs, and they're coming up the road
Last Line: "but we ain't afraid of ghosts, aire we, dessie?"
Subject(s): Poverty


PORTRAIT OF THE AUTHOR AS A YOUNG ANARCHIST, by KENNETH REXROTH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: While things were going on in europe
Subject(s): Anarchism And Anarchists; Poverty; Social Classes; Social Protest; Wealth; Youth; Caste; Riches; Fortunes


PORTRAIT OF THE AUTHOR AS A YOUNG ANARCHIST, by KENNETH REXROTH    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: While things were going on in europe
Last Line: Stole out and shat in the golf holes
Subject(s): Anarchism And Anarchists; Poverty; Social Classes; Social Protest; Wealth; Youth


POSTERIORS FOR POSTERITY, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: How to talk politely
Last Line: A nice juicy butt
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


POUILLY-FUISSE, by ARTHUR SZE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Foxes and pheasants adorn
Last Line: Leeks and roses.
Subject(s): Poverty


POVERTY, by DOROTHY WHITEHEAD HOUGH    Poem Text                
First Line: It is my fate to be
Last Line: Of jewels and tapestry.
Subject(s): Depressions, Economic; Money; Poverty; Recessions


POVERTY, by HAMLEN HUNT    Poem Text                
First Line: I wish I had a gift
Last Line: And nothing more.
Subject(s): Death; Love; Poverty; Dead, The


POVERTY, by PABLO MEDINA    Poem Source                
First Line: I wandered through her eyebrows
Last Line: The only language I knew
Subject(s): Charity; Money; Poverty


POVERTY, by CHRISTOPHER DARLINGTON MORLEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Poverty is always pathetic!
Last Line: To help this poor pauper?
Alternate Author Name(s): Hall, Galway
Subject(s): Poverty


POVERTY, by HEIDY STEIDLMAYER    Poem Source                
First Line: No stone field flowers
Last Line: There is nothing left %to carry but your voice
Subject(s): Poverty


POVERTY, by HENRY DAVID THOREAU    Poem Text     Poem Explanation             Poet's Biography
First Line: If I am poor it is that I am proud
Last Line: He would not need to hide beneath a fold.
Subject(s): God; Poverty


POVERTY, by THOMAS TRAHERNE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: As in the house I sate
Last Line: But now I have a deity.
Subject(s): Poverty


POVERTY AND BLINDNESS, by FRIEDRICH VON LOGAU    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A blind man is a poor man, and blind a poor man is
Last Line: For the former seeth no man, and the latter no man sees.
Alternate Author Name(s): Golaw, Salomon Von; Logau, Frederick Von
Subject(s): Poverty


POVERTY AND ILLNESS, by SHEN YIXIU    Poem Source                
First Line: Poverty and illness come upon me in succession, leaving me defenseless
Last Line: Yet when will the devil of poverty retreat to a remote place?
Subject(s): Poverty; Sickness


POVERTY THE GREATEST PACK, by ROBERT HERRICK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: To mortall men great lords alloted be
Last Line: But of all packs, no pack like poverty.
Subject(s): Poverty


POVERTY, IN IMITATION OF MILTON, by SAMUEL JONES    Poem Text                
First Line: Hail, happy lot of the laborious man, / securest state of life, great poverty
Last Line: Most venerable poverty! To thee all hail!
Subject(s): Poverty


POVERTY; PINDARIC ODE, by CHARLES COTTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Thou greatest plague that mortals know!
Last Line: And that, alas, is all for which I humbly sue.
Subject(s): Poverty


PRAY REMEMBER THE POOR, by CHRISTOPHER SMART    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I just came by the prison door
Last Line: As charitably great as he.
Subject(s): Charity; Poverty; Prayer; Philanthropy


PRAYER, by ALAN DUGAN    Poem Text             Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: God, I need a job because I need money
Last Line: I need a job again. Iím caught in a steel cycle
Subject(s): Poverty; Unemployment


PRAYER, by ALAN DUGAN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: God, I need a job because I need money
Subject(s): Poverty; Unemployment


PRESENT HELP IN TROUBLE, by GEORGE MURRAY (1830-1910)    Poem Text                
First Line: The memory of a simple tale, / called up from childhood's years
Last Line: "warding off despair."
Subject(s): Angels; Death; Legends; Mothers & Daughters; Poverty; Spinning; Dead, The


PRESENT TIMES OR EIGHT SHILLINGS A WEEK, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "come all you bold britons, where'er you be"
Last Line: His childen and wife on twelve shillings a week
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers;poverty


PRESSING REALITIES, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: Scent of pine enters my window
Last Line: Reality might undo me
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


PROMPT PAY, by WALT MASON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A man runs up a little bill, and when it's
Last Line: Reputation, some day that rep will knock you down, and hurt like all creation.
Subject(s): Cost Of Living; Merchants; Money; Poverty; Wages; Salaries


PROPHET, by LUCILLE CLIFTON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Came to me %with a poor man's tale
Last Line: Thou art the man
Subject(s): David (d. 962 B.c.); Poverty; Prophets And Prophecy; Wealth


PSALM: 10, by JOSEPH HALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Why stand'st thou lord aloof so long
Last Line: On vs may tyrannize no more.
Subject(s): Curses; God; Hearts; Poverty; Pride; Self-esteem; Self-respect


PUEBLO, by LOUNES MATOUB    Poem Source                
First Line: Pity, lord, pity on my poor town
Last Line: Where my poor people will die of nothing!
Subject(s): City And Town Life; Poverty; Puerto Rico


QUALITY POOR, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: You can't be poor to live in the blue roofs
Last Line: Managed because we stand in line for aid
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


QUERY, by CHRISTOPHER DARLINGTON MORLEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Who can alleviate
Last Line: The sorrows of the poor?
Alternate Author Name(s): Hall, Galway
Subject(s): Grief; Happiness; Poverty; Sorrow; Sadness; Joy; Delight


RAISINS IN SUMMER, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: Friday before payday we haul the kids
Last Line: Have been, alongside our unmet desires
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


REAR-PORCHES OF AN APARTMENT-BUILDING, by MAXWELL BODENHEIM    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A sky that has never known sun, moon or stars
Last Line: On brick walls.
Subject(s): Cities; Poverty; Urban Life


RECORDING MY POVERTY ON A SUMMER DAY, by HUANG YUANJIE    Poem Source                
First Line: At the bank of the lake the water rises, the xing plant looks like mist
Last Line: Fortunately locust trees and willows provide a green cover over my head
Subject(s): Poverty


RELIEF CASE, by ANNE MOTT-SMITH    Poem Text                
First Line: In all that dusty hall
Last Line: That he should share her fate.
Subject(s): Mothers; Poverty


REMINISCENT, by JAMES CHRISTIAN LINDBERG    Poem Text                
First Line: Strange how a simple weed can hold so much
Last Line: A simple weed can so hold so much.
Subject(s): Children; Poverty; Childhood


REPATRIATION, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: They called the process. Red wheat senators
Last Line: A distorted credo in either tongue
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


REVOLUTIONARY LETTER: 19, by DIANE DI PRIMA    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: If what you want is jobs
Last Line: You can have what you ask for, ask for everything
Subject(s): Poverty


REVOLUTIONARY LETTER: 19, by DIANE DI PRIMA    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: If what you want is jobs
Last Line: You can have what you ask for, ask for %everything
Subject(s): Poverty


RICH AND POOR, by RICHARD MONCKTON MILNES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When god built up the dome of blue
Last Line: And conscience is our captain too.
Alternate Author Name(s): Houghton, 1st Baron; Houghton, Lord
Subject(s): Poverty; Wealth; Riches; Fortunes


RICH AND POOR; OR, SAINT AND SINNER, by THOMAS LOVE PEACOCK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The poor man's sins are glaring
Last Line: Where the bishop groans to view him.
Subject(s): Poverty; Wealth; Riches; Fortunes


RICH FOLKS, POOR FOLKS, AND NEITHER, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Rich folks keep their teeth
Last Line: I was still a child of water and mud.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Poverty; Wealth; Riches; Fortunes


RICH OR POOR, by IDA JACOBSON    Poem Text                
First Line: I'd rather be poor than have riches and such
Last Line: If I only could lose about two hundred pounds.
Subject(s): Poverty


RICH, THOUGH POOR, by ALICE CARY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Red in the east the morning broke
Last Line: Think you he was the poorest man?
Subject(s): Poverty; Wealth; Hope


RICHES, by OLIVE BODA BROWN    Poem Text                
First Line: Many have wealth and yet are poor
Last Line: Where my rainbow garden grew!
Subject(s): Gardens & Gardening; Poverty


ROADSIDE POEMS: THE SHEEP AND THE GOAT, by GEORGE MACDONALD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The thousand streets of london gray
Last Line: Thou didst it unto him.
Subject(s): Children; Faith; Goats; Poverty; Sheep; Childhood; Belief; Creed


ROMANCE OF THE POOR, by RODNEY JONES    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The poor people in springfield go to dayton to be miserable in style
Last Line: Next to his own, give him that much. Leave him to his joy
Subject(s): Cities; Poverty


RUNA PACHA, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: The feeling grows for weeks
Last Line: In this inhospitable air
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


SALVE, REX DEI GRACIA!, by PATRICK MACGILL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There lived a man who was wise and old
Last Line: And how on earth should a singer know?
Subject(s): Begging & Beggars; Death; Poverty; Writing & Writers; Dead, The


SAN DIEGO AGED, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: My friends and I consume botanas
Last Line: Each day I breathe
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


SANDY MACLEOD, by ALICE CARY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When I think of the weary nights and days
Last Line: Ah, no! 't was the light of the day he had found.
Subject(s): Shoemakers; Poverty


SELFISHNESS, by WALT MASON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Jim kickshaw has a touring car, in which
Last Line: Is thanks; they have no assets in the banks.
Subject(s): Poverty; Selfishness


SERPENTINE VOICES: FROM SILENCE, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: How many voices can I plum in this poem
Last Line: God, we were something else
Variant Title(s): Serpentine Voice
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


SETTLING, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: I've never seen his eyes so brilliant, cat's eyes
Last Line: Anything can sneak between the cracks
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


SHE TENDS BAR, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: While she waits for a man
Last Line: And unstop her sink besides
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


SHOES, by CORINNE HUNTINGTON JACKSON    Poem Text                
First Line: Here I sit with hard eyes looking at my child
Last Line: To suffer torture indian-gauntlet-runner never knew.
Subject(s): Native Americans; Pain; Poverty; Indians Of America; American Indians; Indians Of South America; Suffering; Misery


SKIM-MILK, by JAMES STEPHENS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A small part only of my grief I write
Last Line: In cormac uasail mac donagh of the golden hair!
Subject(s): Ireland; Poetry & Poets; Poverty; Irish


SMELL OF DISINFECTANT GRIPS YOUR THROAT, by CLAIRE MALROUX    Poem Source                
First Line: When you come near the toilets
Last Line: On a lake's surface from which impalpably rises %volcanic heat
Alternate Author Name(s): Roux, Claire Sara
Variant Title(s): Saint-lieux, 193
Subject(s): Poverty


SMOKING IN AN OPEN GRAVE, by DAVID BOTTOMS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We bury ourselves to get high
Last Line: So much of us already geared for the journey.
Subject(s): Cities; Death; Labor & Laborers; Poverty; Urban Life; Dead, The; Work; Workers


SOFTBALL AND TOMATO FIELDS, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: They swarm like ants from the edge of the field
Last Line: Runners caught between bases are all picked off
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


SOLILOQUIES ON TEMPORAL INDIGENCE: SOLILOQUY 16, by MARY LATTER    Poem Text                
First Line: Now calumnies arise, and black reproach
Last Line: And, lordly, tramples on distress in anguish.
Subject(s): Poverty


SOLILOQUIES ON TEMPORAL INDIGENCE: SOLILOQUY 5, by MARY LATTER    Poem Text                
First Line: With tearful eye, how frequent have I seen
Last Line: By insult poisoned, and by pride undone!
Subject(s): Poverty


SOLILOQUIES ON TEMPORAL INDIGENCE: SOLILOQUY 6, by MARY LATTER    Poem Text                
First Line: Strangers to meek compassion's tender touch
Last Line: Increasing smart, severer for severe!
Subject(s): Compassion; Poverty


SOMETHING IS DYING HERE, by THOMAS MCGRATH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In a hundred places in north dakota
Last Line: The poison of their own sweet country has brought them here
Subject(s): Economics; Poverty; Socialism


SOMEWHERE ELSE, by OLIVIA RUIZ    Poem Source                
First Line: A nickel won't get him chewing gum
Last Line: Up in smoke %he doesn't even have a dime
Subject(s): Poverty; Pride; Solitude


SONG, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: While a thousand fine projects are planned every day
Last Line: Contrive that the poor may have something to eat
Subject(s): Cities;england;free Trade;markets;poverty; Urban Life;english;supermarkets


SONG OF THE MAD MENAGERIE, by WILLIAM STANLEY MERWIN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I on whom the wild sun
Last Line: The body behind bone
Alternate Author Name(s): Merwin, W. S.
Subject(s): Drought; Poverty; Thirst; Water


SONG OF THE NEW FOOL, by WILLIAM STANLEY MERWIN    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Let the sea and all her women
Last Line: And my hands are tender
Alternate Author Name(s): Merwin, W. S.
Subject(s): Child Care; Food And Eating; Homeless; Hunger; Poverty


SONG OF THE SPIRIT OF POVERTY, by ELIZA COOK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A song, a song, for the beldame queen
Last Line: And my throne the prison cell.
Subject(s): Poverty; Social Problems


SONG OF TWO CROWS, by HAYDEN CARRUTH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I sing of morrisville
Last Line: Where all the ends are wrong
Subject(s): Poverty


SONG, FR. THE EMIGRANT, by ALEXANDER MCLACHLAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Old england is eaten by knaves
Last Line: Nor a foreign foe land on her shore.
Subject(s): England; Immigrants; Poverty; English; Emigrant; Emigration; Immigration


SONG, THE WINDS OF DOWNHILL, by GEORGE OPPEN    Poem Text             Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
Subject(s): Poverty; Poets & Poetry


SONNET, by WILLIAM LISLE BOWLES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: O poverty! Though from thy haggard eye
Subject(s): Poverty


SONNET: 11. BREADLESS ART, by HEINRICH HEINE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: How soon my poverty would ended be
Last Line: I needs must go without, or drink on credit!
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Poverty


SONNET: POVERTY, by PAUL HAMILTON HAYNE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Once I beheld thee, a lithe mountain maid
Last Line: Why scourge forevermore god's beauteteous earth?
Subject(s): Poverty


SONNET: TO ONE EXCUSING HIS POVERTY, by WILFRID SCAWEN BLUNT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah! Love, impute it not to me a sin
Subject(s): Poverty; Forgiveness; Love; Clemency


SONORAN RADIO, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Looking at a big moon too long
Last Line: We've colored with blood.
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Mexico; Pain; Poverty; Vision; Suffering; Misery


SOULS IN PRISON, by LEWIS MORRIS (1833-1907)    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I thought that I looked on the land
Last Line: I shuddered and shrank, and fled.
Subject(s): Poverty


SOUTH, by LEON LEIVA GALLARDO    Poem Source                
First Line: I come from a place
Last Line: No one calls on them
Subject(s): Despair; Hunger; Poverty


SPLENDOR IN THE WIND, by RAUL ZURITA    Poem Source                
First Line: Swept by light the feet of that multitude seemed
Last Line: Falling to pieces for just a minute of happiness
Subject(s): Poverty; Santiago, Chile


SQUARING THE NAMES, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: When we caught lice in third grade
Last Line: The one whose tongue savors life
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


STATE OF THE UNION: 1. HERE NOTHING WORKS, by JOHN PEPPER CLARK    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Here nothing works. Service taken
Last Line: To our soil that is not different from other lands
Alternate Author Name(s): Clark-bekederemo, J. P.; Clark, J. P.
Subject(s): Drought; Failure; Harvest; Labor And Laborers; Poverty


STOKLEWATH; OR, THE CUMBRIAN VILLAGE, by SUSANNA BLAMIRE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: From where dark clouds of curling smoke arise
Last Line: Let stoklewath be not the last that's nam'd!
Alternate Author Name(s): Muse Of Cumberland; Sukey, Miss
Subject(s): Dinners & Dining; Food & Eating; Household Employees; Hunger; Poverty; Servants; Domestics; Maids


STRANGE FUNERAL IN BRADDOCK, by MICHAEL GOLD    Poem Source                
First Line: Listen to the mournful drums of a strange funeral
Last Line: Listen to the story of a strange american funeral
Subject(s): Communism; Labor And Laborers; Poverty; Social Protest


STREET, by GEORGE OPPEN    Poem Text             Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: Ah these are the poor
Subject(s): Poverty


SUGGESTIONS BY STEAM, by THOMAS HOOD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When woman is in rags, and poor
Last Line: "to that small voice that crieth—""stop her!"
Subject(s): Despair; Grief; Hunger; Poverty; Women; Sorrow; Sadness


SUNRISE, by FEDERICO GARCIA LORCA    Poem Source                
First Line: The sunrise of new york
Last Line: As though recently rescued from a shipwreck of blood
Subject(s): Homeless; New York City - Streets; Poverty


SWEATSHOP, by MORRIS ROSENFELD    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Corner of pain and anguish, there's a worn old house
Last Line: And they must obey him, bow to everything
Subject(s): Poverty; Social Protest; Sweatshops


SYMBOL OF COURAGE, by G. SOOSAI    Poem Source                
First Line: Poverty is not a curse
Subject(s): Poverty


TARRIERS' SONG, by UNKNOWN    Poem Source                
First Line: Every morning at seven o'clock
Last Line: And rill, ye tarriers, drill
Subject(s): Poverty; Social Protest


TELL HER (EXPLAINING PICTURES OF STARVATION TO A CHILD), by JUDITH KITCHEN    Poem Source                
First Line: Tell her they are real. That
Last Line: Closer to their tiny wasted faces
Subject(s): Poverty


THANKSGIBBIN' IN OLE VIRGINNY, by BENJAMIN FRANKLIN KING    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Ter-day's thanksgibbin'
Last Line: De short straw done draw de little guinea hen.
Alternate Author Name(s): King, Ben
Subject(s): Holidays; Hunger; Poverty; Thanksgiving Day


THE AUTHOR'S EARLY LIFE, by JULIA A. MOORE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I will write a sketch of my early life
Last Line: Hitherto herebefore
Alternate Author Name(s): Sweet Singer Of Michigan
Subject(s): Poverty


THE BAD OLD DAYS, by KENNETH REXROTH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The summer of nineteen eighteen
Subject(s): Chicago; Evil; Past; Poverty


THE BALLAD OF MOLL MAGEE, by WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Come round me, little childer
Last Line: And pity moll magee.
Alternate Author Name(s): Yeats, W. B.
Subject(s): Misfortune; Poverty


THE BANKRUPT, by JOSEPH BEAUMONT    Poem Text                
First Line: Despise him not, though he / a bankrupt be
Last Line: For pardning part, will all remitt to thee.
Subject(s): Forgiveness; God; Poverty; Clemency


THE BEGGAR, by GRACE DENIO LITCHFIELD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: All day, all the day, in the dust, in the heat
Last Line: These cry out unheard, and must die on the street.
Subject(s): Begging & Beggars; Charity; Homeless; Money; Poverty; Philanthropy


THE BEGGAR, by WALT MASON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The snow will soon be flying, the snow we
Last Line: Tea, and wonder why the county won't feed such skates as he.
Subject(s): Begging & Beggars; Charity; Poverty; Philanthropy


THE BEGGAR, by JOEL T. ROGERS    Poem Text                
First Line: Poor, blind pete
Last Line: O, in the name of god!
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Begging & Beggars; Despair; Poverty


THE BIG RUG, by PO CHU-YI    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: That so many of the poor should suffer from cold what can we do to prevent?
Last Line: Which at one time could cover up every inch of the city.
Alternate Author Name(s): Bai Juyi; Bo Juyi; Po Chu-i; Lo T'ien; Jyu-yi
Subject(s): China - Tang Dynasty (618-905); Poverty; Rugs; Carpets


THE BOROUGH: LETTER 14. INHABITANTS OF ALMS-HOUSE. BLANEY, by GEORGE CRABBE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Observe that tall pale veteran! What a look
Last Line: Save a frail sister in the female row.
Subject(s): Poverty


THE BOROUGH: LETTER 15. INHABITANTS OF ALMS HOUSE. CLELIA, by GEORGE CRABBE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We had a sprightly nymph - in every town
Last Line: And mourn their grievous fall, and curse their rigorous fate.
Subject(s): Poverty


THE BOROUGH: LETTER 16. INHABITANTS OF ALMS HOUSE. BENBOW, by GEORGE CRABBE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: See! Yonder badgeman with that glowing face
Last Line: Where is the life I led?' -- he sigh'd and walk'd his way.
Subject(s): Poverty


THE BOROUGH: LETTER 18. THE POOR AND THEIR DWELLINGS, by GEORGE CRABBE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Yes! We've our borough-vices, and I know
Last Line: Doubling each look of care, each token of distress.
Subject(s): Houses; Poverty


THE BOROUGH: LETTER 19. POOR OF THE BOROUGH. PARISH-CLERK, by GEORGE CRABBE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: With our late vicar, and his age the same
Last Line: Turn'd to the wall and silently expired!
Subject(s): Poverty


THE BOROUGH: LETTER 20. POOR OF THE BOROUGH. ELLEN ORFORD, by GEORGE CRABBE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: No charms she now can boast, - 'tis true
Last Line: I love mankind and call my god my friend.'
Subject(s): Poverty


THE BOROUGH: LETTER 21. POOR OF THE BOROUGH. ABEL KEENE, by GEORGE CRABBE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A quiet, simple man was abel keene
Last Line: Perhaps his reverence is mistaken too.'
Subject(s): Poverty


THE BOROUGH: LETTER 22. POOR OF THE BOROUGH. PETER GRIMES, by GEORGE CRABBE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Old peter grimes made fishing his employ
Last Line: Again they come,' and mutter'd as he died.
Variant Title(s): Peter Grimes
Subject(s): Fish & Fishing; Poverty; Anglers


THE BREADLINE, by MELVIN BEAUNORUS TOLSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A reptile crawls along the squalid street
Last Line: Its filthy head upreared as if to strike!
Alternate Author Name(s): Tolson, Melvin
Subject(s): Class Struggle; Poverty


THE CHICAGO HERMIT AT MOTHER TERESA'S, by KAREN SWENSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
Subject(s): Teresa Of Calcutta, Blessed (1910-1997); Poverty; Charity; Philanthropy


THE COAL STRIKE, by HENRY CHAPPELL    Poem Text                
First Line: Red are the rails with rust to-day
Last Line: Who went to heaven—starved.
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Death - Children; Heaven; Hunger; Poverty; Graveyards; Death - Babies; Paradise


THE COMPLAINTS OF POVERTY, SELECTION, by NICHOLAS JAMES    Poem Text     Poem Explanation            
First Line: May poverty, without offence, approach / the splendid equipage, the gilded coach
Last Line: Scares with the dungeon and the whipping-post.
Subject(s): Poverty


THE COMPLAINTS OF THE POOR, by ROBERT SOUTHEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: And wherefore do the poor complain?
Last Line: And these have answer'd thee!
Subject(s): Begging & Beggars; Experience; Pain; Poverty; Reason; Wealth; Suffering; Misery; Intellect; Rationalism; Brain; Mind; Intellectuals; Riches; Fortunes


THE CRADLE SONG OF THE POOR, by ADELAIDE ANNE PROCTER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Hush! I cannot bear to see thee
Last Line: Sounds the fluttering of wings!
Alternate Author Name(s): Berwick, Mary
Subject(s): Poverty


THE DEED, by WILLIAM HENRY DAVIES    Poem Text                
First Line: When I, made merry with the wine
Last Line: And die for man again?'
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): Poverty


THE DESTITUTE, by ROGER DE COLLERYE    Poem Text                
First Line: The destitute who owns nor stick nor stock
Last Line: The destitute.
Subject(s): Poverty


THE DOLL, by AGNES LEE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There's something strange about the child tonight
Last Line: When she comes looking, and it isn't here!
Alternate Author Name(s): Freer, Otto, Mrs.
Subject(s): Dolls; Family Life; Poverty; Toys; Relatives


THE DYING CHILD, by LETITIA ELIZABETH LANDON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Her cheek is flushed with fever red
Last Line: There, there, my child, lie down and die!
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia
Subject(s): Death - Children; Guilt; Pain; Poverty; Death - Babies; Suffering; Misery


THE EAST RIVER BRIDGE MARKET, by JAMES OPPENHEIM    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The riveted rafters drip the rain and the twilight pave
Last Line: Mother, that your strange heart might know you are the fount of a future race!
Subject(s): New York City - Markets; Poverty


THE EMBROIDERESS AT MIDNIGHT, by MARY ANN BROWNE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: She plies her needle till the lamp
Last Line: Thy consecrated love.
Alternate Author Name(s): Gray, James, Mrs.; Gray, Mary Anne Browne
Subject(s): Embroiderers; Poverty


THE FEAST OF THE 'MUTCHES', by JANET HAMILTON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm a lamiter, girzie, or I wad hae been
Last Line: To gentles an' grannies to meet yet in heaven!
Alternate Author Name(s): Hamilton, Janet Thompson
Subject(s): Dinners & Dining; Poverty; Women


THE FREEBORN, by DORA SIGERSON SHORTER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: God made the man and bid him multiply
Last Line: When this free man comes forth, what must he do?
Alternate Author Name(s): Sigerson, Dora; Shorter, Mrs. Clement
Subject(s): Crime & Criminals; Family Life; Fathers; Hunger; Poverty; Relatives


THE FUNERAL OF A VILLAGE GIRL, by JULIEN AUGUSTE PELAGE BRIZEUX    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When fair louise, half child, half woman, died
Last Line: And every bird was warbling in its nest.
Alternate Author Name(s): Brizeux, Auguste
Subject(s): Death; Funerals; Girls; Poverty; Dead, The; Burials


THE GIRL FROM SOAP SUDS ROW, by NATHALIA CRANE    Poem Text                
First Line: Oh! Mistress margaret esther snow
Last Line: Found most of her genius in soap suds row.
Subject(s): Classmates; Poetry Readings; Poverty; Schoolmates


THE GOLDEN SCHLEMIEL, by IRVING FELDMAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
Subject(s): Honesty; Poverty; Conduct Of Life


THE HARVEST, by ARTHUR MILTON POPE    Poem Text                
First Line: Man digs with scooping hands for bits of gold
Last Line: And heaven above him finds him very poor.
Subject(s): Fertility; Harvest; Poverty


THE HERITAGE, by JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The rich man's son inherits lands
Last Line: Well worth a life to hold in fee.
Variant Title(s): The Poor And The Rich
Subject(s): Poverty; Wealth; Youth; Riches; Fortunes


THE HOMELESS POOR, by ADELAIDE ANNE PROCTER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Calm the city lay in midnight silence
Last Line: In thy homeless ones to succor thee.
Alternate Author Name(s): Berwick, Mary
Subject(s): Angels; Homeless; Poverty; Prayer; Religion; Theology


THE HUNGRY MAN'S WHEEL, by CESAR VALLEJO    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: From between my own teeth I come out smoking
Variant Title(s): The Starving Man's Rack
Subject(s): Poverty


THE IMPORTANCE OF GREEN, by JAMES GALVIN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Small towns are for knowing who's poor
Last Line: No more than the dress itself / of green
Subject(s): Green (color); Poverty; Tailors; Towns; Dress Makers


THE JOLLY BEGGARS; A CANTATA RECITATIVO, by ROBERT BURNS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When lyart leaves bestrow the yird
Last Line: One and all cry out, amen!
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Poverty; Brotherhood; Seduction; Wit & Humor; Labor & Laborers


THE JOURNEY AND OBSERVATIONS OF A COUNTRYMAN: A DEATHBED, by JOHN HAWTHORN    Poem Text                
First Line: A little house there stood within a glen
Last Line: Before a wretch that used his parents ill....
Subject(s): Family Life; Ingratitude; Poverty; Relatives; Ungratefulness


THE JOY OF BEING POOR, by ROBERT WILLIAM SERVICE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Let others sing of gold and gear, the joy of being rich
Last Line: Old chap, let's haste, I'm mad to taste the joy of being poor.
Subject(s): Bohemians; Paris, France; Poverty


THE LADY POVERTY, by ALICE MEYNELL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The lady poverty was fair
Last Line: And slender landscape and austere.
Alternate Author Name(s): Meynell, Wilfrid, Mrs.; Thompson, Alice Christina
Subject(s): Poverty


THE LADY VISITOR IN THE PAUPER WARD, by ROBERT RANKE GRAVES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Why do you break upon this old, cool peace
Last Line: Leave us alone.
Subject(s): Poverty


THE LAST DITCH, by SADIE FULLER SEAGRAVE    Poem Text                
First Line: Her open window caught the beating sun
Last Line: And saw gray locusts swarming down a field!
Subject(s): Poverty


THE LEADEN-EYED, by NICHOLAS VACHEL LINDSAY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Let not young souls be smothered out before
Last Line: Not that they die, but that they die like sheep.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lindsay, Vachel
Subject(s): Poverty; Religion; Social Protest; Theology


THE LEAST OF THESE, by ARTHUR THOMAS QUILLER-COUCH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Lord, in thy courts
Last Line: Dear friend, enter thou in!'
Alternate Author Name(s): Q; Quiller-couch, A. T.
Subject(s): God; Poverty


THE LITTLE MATCH GIRL, by WILLIAM MCGONAGALL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: It was biting cold, and the falling snow
Last Line: A bright reward for all the hardships she suffered here.
Subject(s): Child Molesting; Homeless; Hunger; Pain; Poverty; Child Abuse; Suffering; Misery


THE LOVERS OF THE POOR, by GWENDOLYN BROOKS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Arrive. The ladies from the ladies's betterment league
Variant Title(s): "the Lovers Of The Poor Arrive"";
Subject(s): Poverty


THE MADONNA OF THE CURB, by CHRISTOPHER DARLINGTON MORLEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: On the curb of a city pavement
Last Line: Madonna of the curb!
Alternate Author Name(s): Hall, Galway
Subject(s): Children; Cities; Poverty; Childhood; Urban Life


THE MELTING POT, by BERTON BRALEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Bearded old patriarchs, flippant young men
Last Line: Heart of the ghetto on saturday night!
Subject(s): Ghettos; Jews; Poverty; Weariness; Judaism; Fatigue


THE NEEDY, by ALICE FERRIN HENSEY    Poem Text                
First Line: I have more food than I can eat
Last Line: Cries of the needy rise again.
Subject(s): Hunger; Poverty


THE NEW ANTHEM, by NORMAN BOLKER    Poem Text                
First Line: Hammered steel strips laid out
Last Line: With joy and peace on every face.
Subject(s): Poverty; Racism; Religious Discrimination; Social Protest; United States; Racial Prejudice; Bigotry; Religious Conflict; America


THE OLD APPLE-WOMAN; A BROADWAY LYRIC, by CHRISTOPHER PEARSE CRANCH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: She sits by the side of a turbulent stream
Last Line: And the gates of a heavenly city.
Subject(s): Broadway, New York City; Poverty; Rivers; Women


THE OLD COUPLE (THE WORKHOUSE - OLD STYLE), by AGNES MARY F. ROBINSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: An old wife speaks:
Last Line: The lord shouldn't grant a long life to the poor.
Alternate Author Name(s): Duclaux, Madame Emile; Darmesteter, Mary; Robinson, A. Mary F.
Subject(s): Marriage; Old Age; Poverty; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE OLD HOUSE, by GRACE DUFFIE BOYLAN    Poem Text                
First Line: Cold and cheerless, bare and bleak
Last Line: For us and all the children.
Subject(s): Children; Houses; Muses; Poverty; Childhood


THE ORANGE-PEEL IN THE GUTTER, by MATHILDE BLIND    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Behold, unto myself I said
Last Line: A glory that is all divine!
Alternate Author Name(s): Lake, Claude
Subject(s): London; Poverty; Women


THE ORPHAN GIRL (1), by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "'no home, no home!' cried a little girl"
Last Line: Where there's room for bread for the poor
Subject(s): Frontier & Pioneer Life;orphans;poverty; Foundlings


THE PATIENCE OF THE POOR, by RICHARD MONCKTON MILNES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When leisurely the man of ease
Last Line: Its thirst in an undoubted heaven.
Alternate Author Name(s): Houghton, 1st Baron; Houghton, Lord
Subject(s): Patience; Poverty


THE PAUPER, by WALT MASON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The sad and seedy pauper has no one for a
Last Line: The kettle boil; for visions all are bootless which are not backed by toil.
Subject(s): Begging & Beggars; Homeless; Idleness; Poverty; Laziness; Sloth; Indolence


THE PAUPER'S CHRISTMAS CAROL, by THOMAS HOOD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Full of drink and full of meat
Last Line: "christmas comes but once a year!"
Subject(s): Christmas Carols; Poverty


THE PAUPER'S DEATH-BED, by CAROLINE ANNE BOWLES SOUTHEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Tread softly - bow the head
Last Line: Wakes with his god.
Alternate Author Name(s): Bowles, Caroline Anne
Subject(s): Poverty


THE PAUPER'S DRIVE, by THOMAS NOEL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: There's a grim one-horse hearst in a jolly round trot
Last Line: Though a pauper, he's one whom his maker yet owns!
Subject(s): Adversity; Poverty


THE PAUPER'S FUNERAL, by ROBERT SOUTHEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What! And not one to heave the pious sigh?
Last Line: I pause—and ponder on the days to come.
Subject(s): Alienation (social Psychology); Graves; Grief; Honor; Poverty; Self; Tears; Estrangement; Outcasts; Tombs; Tombstones; Sorrow; Sadness


THE PENCIL SELLER, by ROBERT WILLIAM SERVICE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A pencil, sir; a penny - won't you buy?
Last Line: I hope you'll find me, sir; good-night, good-night.
Subject(s): Begging & Beggars; Paris, France; Poverty; Salespersons; Selling


THE PLUNDER, by ROBERT HERRICK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I am of all bereft
Last Line: Will say our grace, and die
Subject(s): Poverty


THE POEMS OF COLD MOUNTAIN: 114, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A poor donkey is short by a bushel
Last Line: It just makes me depressed
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Comfort; Poverty


THE POEMS OF COLD MOUNTAIN: 120, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A frequent guest of hunger and cold
Last Line: Along with five pints of chaff
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Poverty


THE POEMS OF COLD MOUNTAIN: 123, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Wealth and position attract distant kin
Last Line: Even leather shoes wear thin
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Family Life; Poverty; Wealth; Relatives; Riches; Fortunes


THE POEMS OF COLD MOUNTAIN: 128, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A courteous handsome young man
Last Line: This is how books fool us
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Deception; Poverty; Scholarship & Scholars


THE POEMS OF COLD MOUNTAIN: 135, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Don't stay poor my friend
Last Line: You're just as rich as him
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Poverty; Wealth; Riches; Fortunes


THE POEMS OF COLD MOUNTAIN: 151, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A man with a good head and belly
Last Line: A descendant of poverty his name is broke
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Poverty


THE POEMS OF COLD MOUNTAIN: 154, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Those days when I had money
Last Line: I hope you weigh this well
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Poverty; Wealth; Riches; Fortunes


THE POEMS OF COLD MOUNTAIN: 161, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: A trifle poor in the past
Last Line: My pot is surrounded by rats
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Poverty


THE POEMS OF COLD MOUNTAIN: 170, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The people I see in this world
Last Line: I'd rather be poor in the woods
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Humanity; Poverty; Solitude; Loneliness


THE POEMS OF COLD MOUNTAIN: 172, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I'm poor alas and I'm sick
Last Line: All these cares wear a man down
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Grief; Poverty; Sorrow; Sadness


THE POEMS OF COLD MOUNTAIN: 183, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: They laugh at me hey farm boy
Last Line: And stick a stupa on my head
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Fashion; Poverty; Wealth; Riches; Fortunes


THE POEMS OF COLD MOUNTAIN: 188, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Someone sighed cold mountain air
Last Line: With money your concern
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Ignorance; Poetry & Poets; Poverty; Wealth; Dullness; Stupdity; Riches; Fortunes


THE POEMS OF COLD MOUNTAIN: 243, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I was so poor in the past
Last Line: These jewels aren't for sale
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Poverty; Wealth; Riches; Fortunes


THE POEMS OF COLD MOUNTAIN: 250, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Your rags are due to your past deeds
Last Line: Why do you look so pale
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Poverty


THE POEMS OF COLD MOUNTAIN: 284, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I live in the countryside
Last Line: It's hard as any diamond
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Contentment; Poverty


THE POEMS OF COLD MOUNTAIN: 40, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: An old lady who lives to the east
Last Line: From the east and from the west
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Laughter; Poverty; Wealth; Riches; Fortunes


THE POEMS OF COLD MOUNTAIN: 47, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Mistress tsou of tiyen
Last Line: They had to eat leftover cake
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Hospitality; Poverty


THE POEMS OF COLD MOUNTAIN: 99, by HAN SHAN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Disappointed impoverished scholars
Last Line: Even mongrels won't touch them
Alternate Author Name(s): Kanzan; Hanshan; Han-shan
Subject(s): Chinese Literature; Poetry & Poets; Poverty; Scholarship & Scholars


THE POOR, by WILLIAM HENRY DAVIES    Poem Text                
First Line: Give them your silver, let the poor
Last Line: Worth twice their weight in gold?
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): Depressions, Economic; Poverty; Recessions


THE POOR, by LETITIA ELIZABETH LANDON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Few, save the poor, feel for the poor
Last Line: But with a sadder eye.
Alternate Author Name(s): L. E. L.; Maclean, Letitia
Subject(s): Poverty


THE POOR, by WALT MASON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I cannot give the poor a cent,' remarks
Last Line: "of these outlandish times."
Subject(s): Cost Of Living; Depressions, Economic; Poverty; Recessions


THE POOR, by CARL SANDBURG    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Among the mountains I wandered and saw blue haze
Subject(s): Thought; Poverty; Social Commentaries; Thinking


THE POOR, by EMILE VERHAEREN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: With hearts of poor men it is so
Last Line: On earth's far plains of sun and wind.
Subject(s): Pain; Poverty; Weariness; Suffering; Misery; Fatigue


THE POOR, by WILLIAM CARLOS WILLIAMS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: By constantly tormenting them
Last Line: Took him for their friend and adviser.
Subject(s): Poverty


THE POOR MAN, by GEORGE LUNT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The world without is cold, dearest
Last Line: Who lives for self alone.
Subject(s): God; Poverty


THE POOR MAN IS NOT LOVED, by MARCUS ARGENTARIUS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Yes, you were loved, sosicrates, when rich; but now in her
Last Line: That 'penniless' and 'loveless' are the same?
Alternate Author Name(s): Markus Argentarios
Subject(s): Love - Materialism; Poverty


THE POOR MAN PAYS FOR ALL, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: As I lay musing all alone
Last Line: That poor men pay for all
Subject(s): Poverty


THE POOR MAN THINKS, by ARTHUR RIMBAUD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Perhaps some evening yet
Last Line: Unlock for me the door.
Subject(s): Poverty


THE POOR MAN'S PROVINCE, by JOHN WRIGHT (1708-1727)    Poem Text                
First Line: I rose betimes to go I knew not where
Last Line: Of his poor flock, I shall not be undone.
Subject(s): Poverty


THE POOR STUDENT, by JAMES WHITCOMB RILEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: With song elate we celebrate
Last Line: O'er his immortal soul.
Alternate Author Name(s): Johnson Of Boone, Benj. F.
Subject(s): Mythology - Classical; Poverty; Schools; Soul; Students


THE POOR-HOUSE, by SARA TEASDALE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Hope went by and peace went by
Last Line: "they can wait to die."
Alternate Author Name(s): Filsinger, Ernest B., Mrs.
Subject(s): Poverty


THE PORTRAIT, by KAREN SWENSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: He wouldn't buy her shoes
Last Line: A portrait of a woman as less than one.
Subject(s): Paintings And Painters; Poverty; Women


THE PROPHET, by LUCILLE CLIFTON                    Poet's Biography
First Line: Came to me / with a poor man's tale
Subject(s): David (d. 962 B.c.); Poverty; Prophecy & Prophets; Wealth; Riches; Fortunes


THE PURCHASE, by CHARLES WILLIAMS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Small and red and goggling with anxious eyes
Last Line: —slinking and licking my fingers and ready to cry.
Subject(s): Money; Poverty; Retail Trade; Stores; Shops; Shopkeepers


THE RED BOX AT VESEY STREET, by HENRY CUYLER BUNNER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Past the red box at vesey street
Last Line: Through the red box at vesey street.
Subject(s): Homeless; Kindness; New York City - Streets; Poverty


THE SHEPHERD'S PIPE: THIRD ECLOGUE, by WILLIAM BROWNE (1591-1643)    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Old neddy's poverty they moan
Last Line: Up, and let us go.
Alternate Author Name(s): Browne, William Of Tavistock
Subject(s): Poverty


THE SILENT SISTERS OF THE POOR, by GEORGE HERBERT CLARKE    Poem Text                
First Line: Meekly, with folded hands and patient brows
Last Line: Meekly, with patient brows and folded hands.
Subject(s): Charity; Humanity; Nuns; Poverty; Philanthropy


THE SONG OF THE LOST, by PATRICK MACGILL    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: What will be left when the siren city
Last Line: "the nightly wail of a sleepless woe?"
Subject(s): Poverty; Sin


THE STOCKMAN'S CHEQUE, by ERNEST WILLIAM HORNUNG    Poem Text                
First Line: There's a hut in riverina where a solitary hand
Last Line: As before.
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Poverty; Wine


THE STOLEN SHEEP, by TOM FREEMAN    Poem Text                
First Line: Say, mate, it's a tidy long stretch since we parted near old lambin' flat
Last Line: And—well that was the end of old tommy; so here's to his ashes I say!
Subject(s): Accidents; Butchers; Murder; Poverty


THE STREET CHILDREN'S DANCE, by MATHILDE BLIND    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Now the earth in fields and hills
Last Line: Touch them, fate! With april glory.
Alternate Author Name(s): Lake, Claude
Subject(s): Children; Poverty; Childhood


THE STREET LAMP, by WILLIAM ROSE BENET    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Homes stand in slumber. Sleep broods shadowingly
Last Line: Sadly you wane. How sad, and oh, how wise!
Subject(s): Abandonment; Cities; Grief; Homeless; Poverty; Desertion; Urban Life; Sorrow; Sadness


THE TRAMP, by BENJAMIN FRANKLIN KING    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: He came from where he started
Last Line: "oh, I come from where I started!"
Alternate Author Name(s): King, Ben
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress; Poverty; Wandering & Wanderers; Wanderlust; Vagabonds; Tramps; Hoboes


THE TRIBUTE: 1, by HILDA DOOLITTLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Squalor spreads its hideous length
Last Line: Offer refuse for meat.
Alternate Author Name(s): H. D.; Aldington, Richard, Mrs.
Subject(s): Bible; Poverty; Social Protest


THE TRIBUTE: 2, by HILDA DOOLITTLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: While we shouted our wares
Last Line: The songs withered black on their lips.
Alternate Author Name(s): H. D.; Aldington, Richard, Mrs.
Subject(s): Bible; Poverty; Social Protest


THE TRIBUTE: 3, by HILDA DOOLITTLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: And we turn from the market
Last Line: One bright god with a lance.
Alternate Author Name(s): H. D.; Aldington, Richard, Mrs.
Subject(s): Bible; Poverty; Social Protest


THE TRIBUTE: 4, by HILDA DOOLITTLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: They have sent the old gods from the city
Last Line: Beside one young life that is lost.
Alternate Author Name(s): H. D.; Aldington, Richard, Mrs.
Subject(s): Bible; Poverty; Social Protest


THE TRIBUTE: 5, by HILDA DOOLITTLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Though not one of the city turned
Last Line: As light circles an olive-branch.
Alternate Author Name(s): H. D.; Aldington, Richard, Mrs.
Subject(s): Bible; Poverty; Social Protest


THE TRIBUTE: 6, by HILDA DOOLITTLE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: With these we will cry to another
Last Line: For our city's sake.
Alternate Author Name(s): H. D.; Aldington, Richard, Mrs.
Subject(s): Bible; Poverty; Social Protest


THE TYRANTS, by WILLIAM HENRY DAVIES    Poem Text                
First Line: Love came about the cuckoo's time
Last Line: And miss them every day.
Alternate Author Name(s): Davies, W. H.
Subject(s): Love; Poverty


THE VIOLET-GIRL, by RICHARD MONCKTON MILNES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When fancy will continually rehearse
Last Line: The veil that hides our vilest mortal sore.
Alternate Author Name(s): Houghton, 1st Baron; Houghton, Lord
Subject(s): Flowers; Poverty; Violets


THE VOICE OF THE POOR, by JANE FRANCESCA WILDE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Was sorrow ever like to our sorrow
Last Line: "lord, grant us death!"
Alternate Author Name(s): Speranza; Elgee, Jane Francesca; Wilde, William Robert Wills, Mrs.
Subject(s): Poverty


THE WANDERING BLACK-A-MOOR, by JULIOUS C. HILL    Poem Text                
First Line: I am a wandering black-a-moor
Last Line: I am a wandering black-a-moor.
Subject(s): Poverty


THE WAY TO POVERTY, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: Keep open house; dabble in bricks and mortar
Last Line: Of all the roads to ruin none is shorter
Subject(s): Poverty


THE WEALTH OF THE DESTITUTE, by DENISE LEVERTOV    Poem Text             Recitation by Author     Poet's Biography
First Line: How gray and hard the brown feet of the wretched of the earth.
Subject(s): Poverty; Social Commentaries; Social Classes; Caste


THE WEDDING, by ROBERT SOUTHEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I pray you, wherefore are the village bells
Last Line: To give sad meaning to the village bells!
Subject(s): Bells; Idleness; Marriage; Poverty; Strangers; Travel; Villages; Laziness; Sloth; Indolence; Weddings; Husbands; Wives; Journeys; Trips


THE WICKER CHAIR, by TRISTAN LECLERE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: If I had a house on the ile-de-france
Last Line: I'm the richest man alive.
Alternate Author Name(s): Klingsor, Tristan
Subject(s): Chairs; Poverty; Wishes


THESE HOUSE-TRAILER FIRES KILL THOUSANDS, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
Last Line: The opinions and scorn of the rich
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Nature; Poverty; Wealth


THESE OLD RAGS, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: I dig in hard clay dirt
Last Line: I could use a cheap gardener
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


THEY DON'T EVEN TAKE SHELTER, by KJELL ESPMARK    Poem Source                
First Line: What an endless procession towards the city
Last Line: Those at the front, approaching the merciless gates %are already walking into their invisibility
Subject(s): Homeless; Migration; Poverty


THIS YEAR'S CYCLE, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: We lie on the sand, carve tunnels down our sides
Last Line: We make connections: our sons ask about the beach
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


THIS YEARNING SEASON, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: Another spring done up in blue-eyed grass
Last Line: More dance and show me how its done
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


THOSE RICHES, by ROBERT WRIGLEY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The week after your father left
Subject(s): Poverty; Automobile Drivers


THREE SHORT POEMS: 3, by PAAVO HAAVIKKO    Poem Source                
First Line: The woman raises her garment, rain, wind, darkness rise
Last Line: We have visitors: darkness, wind, poverty
Subject(s): Despair; Poverty; Pregnancy


THREE: 1) NOT POETRY, by ALEXANDRA THURMAN    Poem Source                
First Line: And you've lowered the basket of salt
Last Line: For nothing. You'll never go home again
Subject(s): Labor And Laborers; Poverty; United States


TIMES ARE GETTIN' HARD, BOYS, MONEY GETTIN' SCARCE, by LEE HAYS    Poem Source                
Last Line: Goin' to have the best farm you have ever seen
Subject(s): Poverty; Social Protest


TISICA, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: What does your dusty shack
Last Line: Nightmare of the poor, the dread disease
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


TO A BRETON BEGGAR (DOL CATHEDRAL), by VICTOR GUSTAVE PLARR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In the brown shadow of the transept door
Last Line: The glamour of the celt!
Subject(s): Celts; Old Age; Poverty; Prayer; Solitude; Thought; Loneliness; Thinking


TO AN UNBORN PAUPER CHILD, by THOMAS HARDY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Breathe not, hid heart: cease silently
Last Line: Joys seldom yet attained by humankind!
Subject(s): Poverty


TO FURIUS ON POVERTY, by FRANKLIN PIERCE ADAMS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Financial troubles irk thee not
Last Line: Thou knowest just how soft thou hast it?
Alternate Author Name(s): F. P. A.
Subject(s): Poverty


TO JOHN TAYLOR, by ROBERT BURNS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: With pegasus upon a day
Last Line: I'll pay you like my master.
Subject(s): Poverty; Labor & Laborers


TO KATE CRANE GARTZ, by MARY CRAIG SINCLAIR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Have mercy. God, upon the poor, tonight
Last Line: Your pity flows, a world-maternity.
Alternate Author Name(s): Sinclair, Upton, Mrs.
Subject(s): Gartz, Kate Crane; Humanitarianism; Poverty


TO MR. FORBES-ROBERTSON: 28. LOVE AND THE FEAR OF POVERTY, by CHARLES LOUIS HENRY WAGNER    Poem Text                
First Line: Love! She is a woman, and she can love
Last Line: Which once acknowledged was by man and wife.
Subject(s): Fear; Love; Poverty


TO MR. JOHN KENNEDY, by ROBERT BURNS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Now kennedy, if foot or horse
Last Line: An' gude be wi' you.
Subject(s): Friendship; Poverty; Drinks & Drinking


TO MY BROTHER, by LORNA DEE CERVANTES    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We were so poor
Subject(s): Poverty


TO RUIN, by ROBERT BURNS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: All hail! Inexorable lord
Last Line: Within thy cold embrace!
Subject(s): Poverty; Grief; Social Classes


TO THE FOUR COURTS, PLEASE, by JAMES STEPHENS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The driver rubbed at his nettly chin
Last Line: And the poor, when they're old, have little of peace.
Subject(s): Animals; Horses; Poverty


TO THE POOR, by ANNA LETITIA BARBAULD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Child of distress, who meet'st the storm
Last Line: Nor fear the god whom priests and kings have made.
Alternate Author Name(s): Aikin, Anna Letitia
Subject(s): Poverty; Poverty


TO THE POOR, by ANNA LETITIA BARBAULD    Poem Text     Poem Explanation             Poet's Biography
First Line: Child of distress, who meet'st the bitter scorn
Last Line: Nor fear the god whom priests and kings have made.
Alternate Author Name(s): Aikin, Anna Letitia
Subject(s): Poverty


TODAY, by MARGARET ABIGAIL WALKER    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I sing of slum sacbs on city faces, scrawny
Last Line: Beetle and locust and flies and lice and moth and rust and mold
Alternate Author Name(s): Walker, Margaret+(1)
Subject(s): Poverty; Slums


TOWARDS DEMOCRACY: PART 2. ETERNAL HUNGER, by EDWARD CARPENTER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Eternal hunger! O through the black night
Last Line: Gaze long in silence, friend; gaze long for all are thine
Subject(s): Children; Homeless; Hunger; Pain; Poverty; Childhood; Suffering; Misery


TOWARDS DEMOCRACY: PART 2. EXCEPT THE LORD BUILD THE HOUSE, by EDWARD CARPENTER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: She lies, whom money has killed, and the greed of money
Last Line: Shall be changed.
Subject(s): Depressions, Economic; Politics & Government; Poverty; Recessions


TOWARDS DEMOCRACY: PART 2. IN A MANUFACTURING TOWN, by EDWARD CARPENTER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: As I walked restless and despondent through the gloomy city
Last Line: Little child.
Subject(s): Capitalism; Democracy; Depressions, Economic; Environment; Factories; Labor & Laborers; Poverty; Smoke; Recessions; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Work; Workers


TRANSFIGURATIONS, by JAMES OPPENHEIM    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: We spat on the dirt and the flesh
Last Line: Then hell will be emptier.
Subject(s): Poverty; Social Protest


TURNED OUT FOR RENT, by M. L. S. BURKE    Poem Text                
First Line: Out, out in the night, in the chill wintry air
Last Line: -- gaunt poverty fills all her measure of blame.
Subject(s): Homeless; Money; Poverty


TURNING TRAYS, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: Each vineyard is a world of crosses
Last Line: Unfinished lines to tend
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


TURNS AT THE DANCE, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: The man who loves rancheras holds out his hand
Last Line: She weighs his invitation to the dance
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


TWO BOYS (CONTINUED), by MARY LAMB    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Of sufferings the poor have many
Last Line: Beholding choice of dainty dressed meat: %no wonder if he wish he ne'er had learn'd to eat
Subject(s): Poverty


TWO SONGS: 2, by CECIL DAY LEWIS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Come, live with me and be my love
Last Line: Then live with me and be my love.
Alternate Author Name(s): Blake, Nicolas
Subject(s): Dramatists; Marlowe, Christopher (1564-1593); Poverty


UNDER THE PRESSURE OF CARE OR POVERTY, by HANS SACHS    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Why art thou cast down, my heart?
Last Line: Oh, cast me ne'er from thee away.
Subject(s): Poverty; Prayer


UNFORGOTTEN DREAMS, by CHARLES HENRY MACKINTOSH    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I walked one evening in a city slum
Last Line: "beloved, may you live these dreams some day!"
Subject(s): Dreams; Poverty; Nightmares


VAGABONDS, by THEODOSIA (PICKERING) GARRISON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: God gave unto the philistine
Last Line: Life's vagabonds are we.
Alternate Author Name(s): Faulks, Frederick J., Mrs.
Subject(s): Philistines; Poverty


VALLEY FEVER, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: I was a favorite niece, the only daughter
Last Line: Fifth down on the left, my branch grows slowly
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


VERMONT, by MARTHA RONK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The man next door came after three bitter days
Last Line: No one could bring one's self to thank anyone for
Subject(s): Poverty; Farm Life; Lilacs


VIDE COLLINS HASSAN-OR THE CAMEL DRIVER, by EDWARD LEAR    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: In dreary silence down the bustling road
Last Line: When first from bowman's lodge they bent their way
Subject(s): Grief; London; Nonsense; Poverty


VIPER, by NICANOR PARRA    Poem Source                
First Line: For years I was doomed to worship a contemptible woman
Last Line: It's all over between us
Subject(s): Crime And Criminals; Defamation; Poverty; Slaughterhouses


VOTING THE PAUPERS IN VERMONT, by DANIEL LEAVENS CADY    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: No choice again? Say, that makes twice
Last Line: "the ""lister fight"" is won."
Subject(s): Charity; Homeless; Poverty; Vermont; Philanthropy


WAIL OF THE ARAB BEGGARS OF THE CASBAH, by ISMAEL AIT DJAFER    Poem Source                
First Line: People %individuals %listeners %audience %gawkers %readers: %I raise
Last Line: Deux macchabees, c'est bien plus triste encore
Subject(s): Hunger; Poverty


WAITING, by JOHN DAVIDSON    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Within unfriendly walls / we starve - or starve by stealth
Last Line: And the word we must obey.
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Poverty; Waiting; Wealth; Work; Workers; Riches; Fortunes


WANDERER IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY, by CLARENCE MAJOR    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: At that time, after being robbed of everything, I was a wanderer
Last Line: Theirs were fixed positions, no upward mobility
Subject(s): Poverty; Solitude; Tourists; Travel; Wandering & Wanderers; Loneliness; Journeys; Trips; Wanderlust; Vagabonds; Tramps; Hoboes


WANDERER IN A FOREIGN COUNTRY, by CLARENCE MAJOR    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: At that time, after being robbed of everything, I was a wanderer
Last Line: Lonely stranger, we loved having you among us, go home in peace
Subject(s): Poverty; Solitude; Tourists; Travel; Wanderers And Wandering


WANT (1), by ROBERT HERRICK    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Need is no vice at all; though here it be
Last Line: With men, a loathed inconveniencie.
Subject(s): Poverty


WAR RELIEF, by OLIVER BROOK HERFORD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Can you spare a threepenny bit'
Last Line: "to relieve the poor church mice."
Subject(s): Poverty; War


WE'RE ALL ALIKE, YOU KNOW, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: My client tells me there's a look
Last Line: Right, that makes us all alike?
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


WHAT THE CURANDERA KNOWS, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: With a candle and a canning jar
Last Line: What more is there?
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


WHAT WE HAVE, by RUTH STONE    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: On the mountain / the neighbor's dog, put out in the cold
Last Line: That I think, when looking back, was happiness.
Subject(s): Childhood Memories; Family Life; Happiness; Poverty; Retrospection; Relatives; Joy; Delight


WHEN I WALK ALONE, FR. THE POET IN THE DESERT, by CHARLES ERSKINE SCOTT WOOD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When I walk alone and look into the sky
Last Line: Than the wail of the curlew in the night.
Subject(s): Grief; Poverty; Sorrow; Sadness


WHEN LIVING WAS A LABOR CAMP CALLED MONTGOMERY, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: Back in the forties, you joined the family each summer to sort
Last Line: The camp and no one would know your smell
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


WHEN SOUNDS RING TRUE, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: Long ago, a woman struck a gong with a hammer made
Last Line: Matching jaws thrust forward to crowd the sky
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


WHEN WE WERE VERY POOR ONE SPRING, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
Last Line: That day: eating, drinking, singing, dancing
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Fishing And Fishermen; Nature; Poverty


WHEN YOU DIDN'T HAVE TO SEE TO BELIEVE, by DIANA GARCIA    Poem Source                
First Line: The monster lived on the road to merced
Last Line: To cover my gasps. His breath filled my room
Subject(s): Children Of Migrant Workers; Poverty


WHEN YOU THOUGHT ME POOR, by ALICE WALKER    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
Subject(s): African Americans - Women; Poverty; Success


WHERE DO THE STREETS GO?, by ROLF JACOBSEN    Poem Source                
First Line: Where do the streets go
Last Line: And from birth on %too heavy hearts
Subject(s): Poverty


WHO HAVE A FORM OF GODLINESS', by CHRISTINA GEORGINA ROSSETTI    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: When I am sick and tired it is god's will
Last Line: Nor fainting though the time be almost past
Alternate Author Name(s): Alleyne, Ellen; Rossetti, Christina
Subject(s): Poverty; Solitude; Weariness; God


WHY DID SHE LEAVE HIM?, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "why did she leave him, they grew up together"
Last Line: Why did she leave him? - because he was poor
Subject(s): Beauty;grief;poverty; Sorrow;sadness


WILL IT RAIN?, by EBENEZER ELLIOTT    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Bread!' the starver faintly sigheth
Last Line: Then, the thoughtful look for thunder!
Alternate Author Name(s): Corn-law Rhymer; Elliot, Ebenezer
Subject(s): Poverty


WILLIE DRUNK AGAIN, by ANONYMOUS    Poem Text                
First Line: "oh, willie, you've come home, lad"
Last Line: And ne'er get drunk again
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking;hearts;poverty


WIN A THOUSAND, by CESAR VALLEJO    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: The seller of lottery tickets who cries, 'win a thousand'
Last Line: As a seller of lottery tickets!
Subject(s): Humanity; Poverty


WINTER KNOWS, by JAMES HARRISON    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
Last Line: When a man's pockets %are empty
Alternate Author Name(s): Harrison, Jim
Subject(s): Money; Nature; Poverty; Winter


WINTER OFFERING, by DEREK S. SAVAGE    Poem Source                
First Line: All I can offer now is a cracked china jug
Last Line: Poverty's fixed, archaic physiognomy %projects only through masks where nothing else extrudes
Subject(s): Poverty


WISH FOR AN OVERCOAT, by ALFRED ISLAY WALDEN    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Oh! Had I now an overcoat
Last Line: But partly bread and butter.
Subject(s): Clothing & Dress; Poverty


WITHIN AND WITHOUT, by GEORGE MACDONALD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Go thou into thy closet; shut thy door
Last Line: The poet awakes from his dream.
Variant Title(s): A Sonnet Sequence
Subject(s): Abandonment; Children; Christianity; Clergy; Death; Escapes; Exiles; Family Life; Future Life; God; Humility; Marriage; Music & Musicians; Poetry & Poets; Poverty; Redemption; Regret; Revenge; Salvation; Unfaithfulness; Desertion; Childhood; Priests; Rab


WORKS AND DAYS: SHAME, by HESIOD    Poem Text                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Now shame can hurt men mightily
Last Line: But shame that goes with poverty is all to rue.
Subject(s): Poverty; Shame


WORLD VIEW, by HATTIE GOSSETT    Poem Source                
First Line: There's more poor than nonpoor
Subject(s): Poverty


WORRY ABOUT MONEY, by KATHLEEN JESSIE RAINE    Poem Text             Recitation     Poet's Biography
First Line: Wearing worry about money like a hair shirt
Subject(s): Poverty


WORRY ABOUT MONEY, by KATHLEEN JESSIE RAINE    Poem Source                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Wearing worry about money like a hair shirt
Last Line: From the little there is in the bin of flour and the cruse of oil
Subject(s): Poverty


WRONG TIME, by JUAN RAMON JIMENEZ    Poem Source                
First Line: Abingdon square. Two o'clock in the morning
Last Line: What must I do to be saved
Subject(s): Poverty; Preaching And Preachers; Salvation


YOUNG TRAMPS, by LAVINIA MARSHALL    Poem Text                
First Line: When hungry boys have knuckled hard my door
Last Line: I swear I don't condemn you when you rob!
Subject(s): Boys; Poverty