Impoverished by Billy Charles Root


Poverty oh poverty why doest thou oh bother me

Is it the color of my skin that you seek?

Or the language of my land in which I speak

Maybe the salt from the tears that I weep


Three jobs I work and my mate ran away

It takes all I’ve got to put some food on a plate

Social services says I make too much for help

Meanwhile nothin but beans on a fallen down shelve


I’m beggin for scraps off richly fat tables

They count their money’s in my face

And as they laugh jollifully their bellies unstable

I can’t help but wonder, is my life a waste?


It’s like wearing cement shoes walkin round hungry

Workin to pay tax on help I can’t get

Special needs minimum wage so damn ugly

While I avoid the landlord, I owe two months’ rent


With nothing left they took the kids

Life on the street isn’t fit they said

No reason left to live this impoverished life

No longer a father or husband…….

No longer mother nor wife


No strength left to fight this fight

They lose themselves in the dark of night

Dreaming of how to make things light

Hoping their babies are all alright


The hands of the Devils shackling ankles

They hold down most but, every once in awhile

Some bust loose and they grab the cross

They pick themselves up

And dust themselves off


With a tiny little spark

They light like a torch

That stands at the opening

Of King Jesus court’s


And they light the way

With the flame of grace

Back where they started

They light others flames.


The poor useth intreaties; but the rich answereth roughly


© Billy Charles Root

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Excerpt from the book “Pressing On”

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About the Author

My name is Billy Charles Root. I was born October 21, 1975, in San Bernardino California and was for the most part raised by my father In Rialto and Apple Valley California. In 1995 I moved to Oklahoma where my wife Tina and I have nine children combined and 3 grandchildren. I have been a professional automotive technician for twenty years now and I still am for the United States postal service.

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