Author Leon Pryce: My Days In Poverty

I never forget my days

In poverty

I never forget

The dry bulla and the bread

I never forget

The dumpling and butter

Playing in dirty water

Running from the gutter

Or even bathing in the rain

That used to be my only shower


I never forget

Porridge without milk

At nights when it was hot

The wind outside was all we got

I never forget going to church

Only a few coins

My grandmother could bring

Because she could not find enough

To pay her tithing


Whenever I looked on my feet

I can`t help but smile

Because they did some very hard work

Growing up as a child

My grandmother could not

Afford bus fare

So anywhere we`re going

We had to make up our minds

To walk a few long miles


I never forget

Because all those things

Are a part of me

Night and day I used to pray

For the heavenly father

To rescue us

From the grips of poverty


But there`s a very important role

That poverty played

It taught me

How to appreciate life

In good and bad days


Those were my days in poverty

So there`s no need for anyone

To envy me

When you see me acting

With pride and dignity


I`m still not rich

But I’ve come a long way

I have accomplished many things

In my life today


I was never bound for destruction

Because deep down I knew

My life was under construction


© Leon Pryce

Excerpt from the book “Immortalized Through Poetry”


About the Author

Leon Pryce is from the streets of Montego Bay to the world comes a writer who is not afraid to express himself and let you know how he is feeling. Leon Pryce self-published his first poetry book titled Broken Wings as an experiment which turned out to be an astonishing success for a first timer because it out-sold his expectations. That experience has motivated him to wholeheartedly dedicate himself to another book project; a collection which will formally introduce him to the world as a poet with potential and power. A voice which cannot be suppressed, but will echo through the years to come. Immortalized Through Poetry encapsulates the personality of Leon Pryce and will give you the keys to unlocking this eccentric soul. He takes pleasure in offering you the parts of him which he is not ashamed of; that humble, innocent and modest youth who grew up in a small rural community in Jamaica.

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1 reply

  1. such a vivid picture has been painted here…wonderful..


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