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Because the Root of Poverty Is Injustice

Music: Fugue in E minor.
By Dimitri Shostakovich. Sequenced by J. Marques.

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Because the root of poverty is injustice,
And there is wealth enough for all to have
Sustenance and shelter, and the promise
That all will prosper if they work and save;
Indeed, because those then have fewer children,
Leaving each more room in which to grow,
Leveraging lives through education,
Elevating lives by what they know:
Do not succumb to comfortable despair,
And think the poor, like flies, are simply there,
Yielding what might be to what seems so.

Copyright by Nicholas Gordon

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