poverty and its opposites

We think sometimes that poverty is only being hungry, naked and homeless. The poverty of being unwanted, unloved and uncared for is the greatest poverty. We must start in our own homes to remedy this kind of poverty. – Mother Teresa

We pledge ourselves to liberate all our people from the continuing bondage of poverty, deprivation, suffering, gender and other discrimination. – Nelson Mandela

This week, we asked our circle to discuss the issue of poverty. I want the writers to speak for themselves. In the stories below, you’ll hear three writer’s experience with poverty and how they few its opposite: abundance, love, and rebuilding from trusting one’s self.

To Rebuild

A moment in time
when things were
once loved,
once care for, waked for who I was.

A home
full of happiness
and family
turned in a blink
of an eye.

Poverty, grief-stricken, a lasting
effect down
to the inner core
of oneself.

Unwaked, unloved, hated, 
a darkness
I never thought
to re-enter.
Now to rebuild
a new me, a
new life,
to learn to be me again.


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