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Eyes Of The Poor

A beggar in the gutter sees an old oppressor -

An employer, who threw him out of work -

And leaps as if from a laired cave

Like a dog revenging himself at the calf

Of a bull, and as the amazed victim

Of attack tries to kick back

He lunges again with supercharged furious

Power, sprung like a cosmic spring

Of fireworked hatred, a forked elastic

Sting-back boomerang, digging in

With fangs at the rich man´s sudden wounds,

And feels his pent-up anguish let

lnto the fresh air, as he sees the sun

Set in the sky, now become beautiful.


Cloudsley, Tim, MA; British independent academic researcher and writer, poet, essayist, and short story writer resident in Colombia; formerly lecturer in Sociology at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, Scotland.

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