Poem about Poor People

Posted by Michael Michelini on Jun 27 2010

Hope this is an eye opener for some of us…..read it then I’ll put in my 2 cents…..

One day, the father of a very wealthy family took his son on a trip to the country with the express purpose of showing him how poor people live.
They spent a couple of days and nights on the farm of what would be considered a very poor family.
On their return from their trip, the father asked his son, “How was the trip?”
“It was great, Dad.”
“Did you see how poor people live?” the father asked.
“Oh yeah,” said the son.

“So, tell me, what did you learn from the trip?” asked the father.
The son answered:
“I saw that we have one dog and they had four.
We have a pool that reaches to the middle of our garden and they have a creek that has no end.
We have imported lanterns in our garden and they have the stars at night.
Our patio reaches to the front yard and they have the whole horizon.
We have a small piece of land to live on and they have fields that go beyond our sight.
We have servants who serve us, but they serve others.
We buy our food, but they grow theirs.
We have walls around our property to protect us, they have friends to protect them.”
The boy’s father was speechless.
Then his son added, “Thanks Dad for showing me how poor we are.”
Isn’t perspective a wonderful thing? Makes you wonder what would happen if we all gave thanks for everything we have, instead of worrying about what we don’t have.
Appreciate every single thing you have, especially your friends!
Pass this on to friends and acquaintances and help them refresh their perspective and appreciation.

“Life is too short and friends are too few.”

SO WHO EXACTLY ARE POOR PEOPLE????? THIS IS IT. This the whole thing. This is life. I am not really one to talk though…I also get caught up in what we own, what we can show off to our friends, family, girls/guys we want to impress. It is a lifelong struggle to make me realize – POSSESSIONS is not what measures a person. We cannot carry these materials with us when we die! I have to keep reminding myself this too.

there’s another saying I like – “ignorance is bliss” – and in a way that is true when measuring how much money one person has. The less we know about this world, the easier it is to deal with things.

another idea – “We are but shadows and dust” is a quote I remember from the gladiator movie – and think to The Man in The Arena idea, the struggle is beautiful. Life is a journey, and we cannot take with us all these houses, cars, jewelery, etc. And most of it deteriorates over time….ie loses value.

So what is the purpose of life? Haha, well I am not one to answer that, but I would have to say it has to do with surrounding yourself with good people, learning as much as you can, sharing that knowledge, and having a positive influence on the generations following you.

Thanks to Uncle Bill for passing this poem along to me. It was great.

  • Dustin Ellard

    I agree to that…

    1. surrounding yourself with good people
    2. learning as much as you can
    3. sharing that knowledge
    4. having a positive influence on the generations following you

    One of the biggest though is…

    Your life experiences…

    …and sitting idle just don’t cut it. Good work to you for getting out there and making things happen Mike! You inspire us all.

    Dustin

  • lammy

    :) again i’m rich at heart n this the most important thing! hope u r too! x

    there’r always 2 sides of one thing n we should always pick the positive side !

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000737408104 William Tarn

    DEAR MIKE,
    YOUR WELCOME. I’M VERY GLAD THAT YOU ENJOY POEMS WITH SUCH GREAT MEANINGS. ROY PARRISH, THE ONE THAT SENT THE ORIGINAL TO ME, THINKS ITS GREAT THAT YOU PUT IT ON YOUR BLOG.
    LOVE,
    UNCLE BILL

  • http://mikesblog.com mike

    great Uncle Bill,
    cheers to Roy Parrish for passing it along, and keep the emails coming!

    when are you going to setup your own blog! let me know I can help you get setup!!! you can put some artwork there too.

  • http://mikesblog.com mike

    thanks Dustin. we just need to keep pushing ourselves each and every day!!!!!!!!!

    its a habit. and this blog helps to keep pushing me – motivating me…..

    glad you get something out of it to brotha!!! thanks for the comments and love!

  • rezwan

    i wish i could help poor people but as they say no way to help…..

  • http://mikesblog.com mike

    welll……..i think teach a man to fish (educate) is the best way to solve it…

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    Great story, enjoyed it!

  • http://mikesblog.com mike

    great. just keep on going right!

  • salma

    wow! ;love your poem:)

  • http://mikesblog.com mike

    thanks for commenting Salma……..not my poem, but a poem i shared here on my blog….

    yes, it does make us realize how we need to appreciate the finer things in life

  • pilo

    people who lived on their wealth makes a lot of enemies and people who lived with their friends, lives in peace!hehehe…

  • http://mikesblog.com mike

    i like that Pilo and i think living with friends is living as a wealthy person….the network!

  • Amel

    I like a lot your poems about poor people , you see life in a such wonderful and correct way and it shows how much your soul is nice.

  • http://mikesblog.com mike

    Hi Amel,
    Yes….life is so short. We must appreciate ourselves for who we are thanks for reading and your comment

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  • http://mikesblog.com mike

    You’re welcome thanks for reading these poems!

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