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Monday, 13 June 2011

Children Living In Poverty

After watching a documentary on children in poverty
I felt extremely humble; saddened by what I did see
These stories were told by admirable, young children
Who shared with us tales on how their family function

On benefits with not enough to eat three meals a day
Some of them had never had the chance of a holiday
The way they told their stories helped me understand
They lived from day to day, tried not to make demands
To have never shared a holiday and family time away
Parents struggling to meet bills, that they had to pay
Benefits could not cover the costs of their daily living
Basic needs are met by the government’s providing

They realised the need to get a job when they grew up
Listening to them speak, they’d already had to grow up
Labelled as being poor but grateful of such little things
How could we ignore, the importance of their feelings?

For any child to live in poverty, at risk of being bullied
For how they dress, lack of toys, not because of greed
Knowing we’re rated as a country with such high poverty
Really did make me question our government’s sincerity

Will this ever change; for the children’s sakes it should
If we can help bail out the banks for the economical good
Then why are we failing to provide for all these children
What’s happened to this country that we all call Britain?

© Nicola Marinkovic


  1. After watching the documentary on BBC 1, I felt so frustrated that in this day and age children are still going hungry. I wanted to share my feelings. Thank you for taking the time to read my poem.

  2. Your poem is great comrade and helps in the fight to do something for these and all children everywhere, who should not endure such hardship and want in early life.

  3. Thank you so much, Nicky, for your very important words. It really makes one think. We have many of the same problems in the United States.