Revolting against the misery of poverty


"The State Lottery Office (The Poor and Money)" watercolor painting by Vincent Van Gogh. “The State Lottery Office (The Poor and Money)” watercolor painting by Vincent Van Gogh.

On social media and in real life, I hear a lot about how the poor “take advantage” of the system and how they “waste what they have” or are “just plain lazy”. Of course, these comments always seem to come from people who are at least close to middle class and have never once gone truly hungry, been homeless or lost everything they have through some cruel twist of fate. Having grown up in a mostly one-parent family that did accept government and charity assistance on occasion (even though my mother often worked MORE than full time), I see a different perspective.

Sometimes the decisions that the impoverished make do contribute to their own problems, but often this is due to poor foresight or desperation. They may make rash decisions based on immediate needs and not long-range…

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Between The Lines

Sarah Doughty

“You told me you loved me. Believed in me.
And that tells me everything will be alright.”

I see the empty space where you used to lay at night. Your scent still permeates from your pillow. Without you, all I have is a letter you wrote. You told me to follow my heart, stand my ground, and bear my name with pride. I didn’t know what those words meant at first, but on my own, I understand. You gave me strength, even though you’re no longer by my side. No matter how much I feel like my world is falling apart, I remember those words, and I recite them over and over again. Between those lines, you told me how much you loved me and believed in me, and that tells me that everything will be alright.

© Sarah Doughty

You told me you loved me.
That would always…

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I always get to where I’m going by walking away from where I’ve been #Winnie-the-Pooh #ChristopherRobin #Inspiration

Poems for Warriors

Christopher-Robin-Movie Movie Still from Christopher Robin / Walt Disney Pictures

“I always get to where I’m going by walking away from where I’ve been.” Winnie-the-Pooh, Christopher Robin

This quote was from the movie, “Christopher Robin,” which came out last year in 2018. I am watching it again, and these words struck me. It is right after Christopher Robin, now a grown man, ventures with Pooh back into the Hundred Acre Wood.

Christopher Robin is now a businessman with many pressures and stresses as a manager at a luggage company that is facing “cuts.” He is worried about cutting costs and not losing his job. His family is missing him because of all of the extra work he has to do, including on the weekends.

Once he goes through a secret portal in a tree, he lands in the magical land with Pooh, Eeyore, Piglet, Rabbit, Roo, Tigger and the whole gang.

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ORDER (a poem)

Katie Kay

i prefer structure:
syllables, grammar,
sentences, order.

it is who i am,
deep within my blood,
made of red water:

the blueprint of my
being remains there,
in these thin canals,

and my brain agrees,
because what matters
is my rational.


Well, this is another interesting poem, and I’m honestly not sure where it came from. Personally, while I enjoy a certain degree of order in my life, I’m also very easygoing when it comes to my day to day existence.

That being said, I know a lot of you guys do truly value structure in your lives, so maybe you can relate to this desire to keep everything in alignment as you see it. Some argue that people can change; others argue the opposite, but I do believe each of us is programmed differently and we all have various components to what makes…

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