Poem: SE Asian Poverty?

slum

Have I stayed here too long,

with so many reminders to see?

Of children walking the streets,

trapped in the confines of poverty.

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Has my patience run its course,

being approached in a store?

For some kind of cash donation,

from a young child who is poor.

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Where are the parents of these young ones,

who move from place-to-place in rags?

Are they doing their elders bidding,

pressured by constant threats and nags?

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Some locals suggest it is a crime syndicate,

behind the pan handling by the young.

Keeping most of the money for themselves,

relegating the poor to the lowest rung.

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Maybe my heart has become hardened,

overwhelmed by the rows of shacks and shanties,

While some children play in the garbage,

dressed only in t-shirts and under panties.

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You can’t judge a people or a country,

by one group or inner-city location.

Yet, is it more than tourism,

for this seemingly poor nation?

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Image:  http://news.bbc.co.uk

 

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 #poetry #satire #society #poor #economics #tourism #Asia #child #crime #food #travel

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https://i1.wp.com/www.indiesunlimited.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/typing-smiley-231x300.pngDavid Andre Davison is the writer of the poetry in this blog, unless another author’s name is credited. Some material may be written as satire or to promote thought. I do not advocate the use of force or promote any illegal or immoral acts. I retain ownership rights over the materials used, except for images and those materials cited in links from other sites, which are beyond my control. Thanks for visiting Relative Insanity!

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