November 5, 2019

Are you too poor to do well?

Anonymous Entry, 22

Poverty of this extent should not be an issue in the 21st century, yet, use of food banks is rising dramatically throughout the country. More free school meals are on offer, and the stigma at accepting them is higher than ever. Universities have ever higher entry requirements, and the costs involved with education and training make it an impossible task for some. How can you get a job without a computer, a suit or the internet? How can you get to work if you can’t afford the bus and it’s too far to walk? How can you study effectively if you are cold and hungry, and cannot afford equipment? The line separating the rich and the poor is becoming ever greater and social initiatives do not seem to be making a dent in the rising figures of poverty and its related problems. In fact, the 9-5 ethos and the attitude of the very people employed to help the situation, often contribute to even greater dissatisfaction and isolation for those affected. My poem seeks to highlight some of the issues that contribute to a hard-to-break cycle of poverty, both from a place of experience and observation.

Too Poor to Thrive, 2019Poetry