The old paradox of poverty

by Lucio Muñoz

A white dove,
Feeling upbeat, enjoying liberty,
Struck a conversation with a blue crane,
On the topic of how to eliminate poverty.

Said the dove with charming flavour,
" Take care of yourself first,
Then your close, far away neighbour,
The law of the market ."

No, exclaimed the crane with respectful gestures,
" Take care of our community needs first,
Then your family, personal needs,
The law of the human heart."

Then, they agreed,
They were facing the old paradox of poverty,
One that gives priority to individual over social need,
The other that places social over individual equity.

Poem by Lucio Muñoz
Vancouver, BC, Canada


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Independent QLC researcher/consultant who enjoys writing and sharing short poems, short stories and haikus with friends and family. Goal: To write as simple as possible to be able to reach a wider audience from children to adults both in English and in Spanish.

Last updated September 23, 2011