The Beggar By Anonymous

The Beggar By Anonymous All day, all the day, in the dust, in the heat, With maddening brain and with staggering feet, I stand on Life’s highway, and beg my soul’s meat. All day, all the day, in the cold, in the rain, Through days that are vapid and timeless with pain, I stretch out […]

I Know A Man By Annette Wynne

I Know A Man By Annette Wynne I know a man who thinks he’s poor, But he is rich indeed, He has a chair, a friend who’s sure, And three good books to read!  Copyright © by the owner. Discover More Poetry

Alice Fell, Or Poverty By William Wordsworth

Alice Fell, Or Poverty By William Wordsworth THE post-boy drove with fierce career, For threatening clouds the moon had drowned; When, as we hurried on, my ear Was smitten with a startling sound. As if the wind blew many ways, I heard the sound,—and more and more; It seemed to follow with the chaise, And […]

The Song Of The Shirt By Thomas Hood

The Song Of The Shirt By Thomas Hood With fingers weary and worn, With eyelids heavy and red, A woman sat in unwomanly rags, Plying her needle and thread— Stitch! stitch! stitch! In poverty, hunger, and dirt, And still with a voice of dolorous pitch She sang the “Song of the Shirt.” “Work! work! work! […]

Your Riches Taught Me Poverty By Emily Dickinson

Your Riches Taught Me Poverty By Emily Dickinson Your – Riches – taught me – poverty! Myself, a “Millionaire” In little – wealths – as Girls can boast – Till broad as “Buenos Ayre” – You drifted your Dominions – A Different – Peru – And I esteemed – all – poverty – For Life’s […]

To the Poor By Anna Lætitia Barbauld

To the Poor By Anna Lætitia Barbauld Child of distress, who meet’st the bitter scornOf fellow-men to happier prospects born,Doomed Art and Nature’s various stores to seeFlow in full cups of joy—and not for thee;Who seest the rich, to heaven and fate resigned,Bear thy afflictions with a patient mind;Whose bursting heart disdains unjust control,Who feel’st oppression’s iron […]

Refugee Blues By W. H. Auden

Refugee Blues By W. H. Auden Say this city has ten million souls, Some are living in mansions, some are living in holes: Yet there’s no place for us, my dear, yet there’s no place for us. Once we had a country and we thought it fair, Look in the atlas and you’ll find it […]

He Wishes For The Cloths of Heaven By W. B. Yeats

He Wishes For The Cloths of Heaven By W. B. Yeats Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,Enwrought with golden and silver light,The blue and the dim and the dark clothsOf night and light and the half-light,I would spread the cloths under your feet:But I, being poor, have only my dreams;I have spread my dreams under […]

God Pity The Poor By Amos Russel Wells

God Pity The Poor By Amos Russel Wells “God pity the poor!” I cry. And I feel a virtuous glow; Not many so tender as I To the weight of the sad world’s woe. “God pity the poor!” I shout, And draw back my garment’s hem. God pities the poor, no doubt; But how am […]

Sonnet XXV By Pablo Neruda

Sonnet XXV By Pablo Neruda Before I loved you, love, nothing was my own: I wavered through the streets, among Objects: Nothing mattered or had a name: The world was made of air, which waited. I knew rooms full of ashes, Tunnels where the moon lived, Rough warehouses that growled ‘get lost’, Questions that insisted […]