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The Little Children Cry in Vain (A Poem)

John is passionate about human and animal rights, social justice, equality, and the environment, and likes to convey that in his writing.

Malnourished children begging for food

Malnourished children begging for food

A beautiful song but the images are sad

The Little Children Cry in Vain


The little children

Cry in vain,

Hands reaching,

Begging for what should be

Their basic right.


Grubby faces

Look forlornly,

Though hopeful,

Despite life's hard lessons

Taught unfairly.


They see the wealth,

Or hear about it,

Envious,

Opulence is flaunted everywhere,

But all they want is food and water.


A mother's love,

And tender kisses,

Or even a father

Not penniless and dying of AIDS,

A simple wish.

,

I can't help,

The market's falling,

Interest rates are rising.

Got to pay the mortgage, keep the car running,

And the kids at school.


Life's tough!

Smart phones aren't cheap,

Or plasma TVs.

Entertainment, alcohol, gambling an cigarettes take money.

Nothing left to give.

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The rich keep getting richer,

Let them help reduce poverty,

And hunger.

It's the least they can do,

To share a little.


But will they?

Not likely,

Unless there's a tax break.

Generosity does not attract wealth,

Or so they think.


The 'Third World'

Is not their problem,

Neither is poverty at home.

Corrupt Governments line their own pockets

As their people starve.


Overpopulation is to blame,

HIV and Ebola

The solution.

God's way of rectifying things,

Some say.

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I ask myself,

Why would a loving God

Who teaches humility

Always persecute the weak and needy?

You reap what you sow.


A time may come,

Maybe not tomorrow

But someday soon,

When wealth and possessions count for nought,

But good deeds are rewarded.


Until that time,

And even if no God exists,

It's up to you to make a choice.

To give a little or accumulate a lot,

Let your conscience be your guide.


Meanwhile -

The little children

Die in vain,

Hands reaching,

Begging for what should be

Their basic right

- To live.

Almost half the world — over three billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day.
At least 80% of humanity lives on less than $10 a day.

More than 80 percent of the world’s population lives in countries where income differentials are widening.

Graph of poverty in the USA

Graph of poverty in the USA

Growing Poverty

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the poverty rate in the United States rose to 15.7% in 2011, with 47.8 million Americans living in poverty (1 in 6). The official poverty line, determined by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is $22,314 for a family of four. The number of families living in poverty has risen sharply since 2006 and continues to climb.

Links to Fight Poverty

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Billybuc's Challenge

This poem is my response to the challenge issued by billybuc for each writer to be a "dragon slayer" in at least one hub each month. This is my contribution for January.

http://billybuc.hubpages.com/hub/Writers-are-Dragon-Slayers#comment-16101074

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2014 John Hansen

Comments

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 10, 2017:

Yes, they do, Galaxy. It is very sad.

GalaxyRat on June 10, 2017:

This is just so sad. African kids have it worse than anyone.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 06, 2015:

Thank you for that wonderful and meaningful comment Michael. God bless you.

Michael-Milec on June 06, 2015:

Yes John, 'The Little Children Cry in Vain" - and it's mostly grownups' fault that they are here birthed by irresponsible people who often never learned what does it mean to be a parent. A situation described in your poem comes as a consequence to the worlds system choice to reject the natural LAW of the Creator everyone to provide for his needs by own hard work contribution. Is not that God gave up on the humanity as it is that humanity gave up on God's providential lead bringing us closer to fulfillment of the words in Revelation " Let the wrong-doer go on doing wrong, the filthy-minded m,an go on being filthy, the good man go on doing good, the man who is holy go on being holy." The participants on HP should not feel blamed for the rest of the world choice to elect evil governments on mostly false promises good life without hard work.

May God bless hard working and protect you and us from the evil. We need to see our guardian angels in action supernaturally.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on June 06, 2015:

Thank you for the kind and insightful comment Lady E. I always live in hope that Government of the world will get together and take action on this issue.I guess Guardian Angels can only do so much.

Elena from London, UK on June 06, 2015:

Thanks for sharing a thought-provoking poem. Sad to read but beautifully written. Indeed the Government are partly to blame and I also often ask God why innocent kids have to suffer. "Where are the Guardian Angels?" I ask. Your poem will touch lives and provoke people to start great causes / Charities that can make some positive impact.

Blessings and Best Wishes.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on May 14, 2015:

Thank you so much Akriti. I felt sad writing it.

Akriti Mattu from Shimla, India on May 14, 2015:

This is a heart rending poem.

Brilliant.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 14, 2015:

It's all good Kiss and Tales...used to,happen with my iPad too...predictive text.

Kiss andTales on April 14, 2015:

You are welcome Jodah! My key switch letters on me sorry for the error.

Kiss andTales on April 14, 2015:

You are welcome Judah !

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 14, 2015:

hi Kiss and Tales, thank you for that positive comment. Yes we have to have faith in what the Bible promises.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 14, 2015:

hi Kiss and Tales, thank you for that positive comment. Yes we have to have faith in what the Bible promises.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on April 14, 2015:

Peachpurple, yes the global financial crisis effected many people around the world. It is easy for politicians to tell the people to tighten their belts and buy different foods while they still earn enough money to buy caviar. If you compare the prices of different foods by weight you are surprised at what is most expensive.

Kiss andTales on April 14, 2015:

Very expressive and real poetry, we can be grateful these will be things of the past. As written.

Reference Bible

Isa 33:24 And no resident will say: “I am sick.” The people that are dwelling in [the land] will be those pardoned for their error.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on April 14, 2015:

you know, once our country was hit with bad economy, everyone had bad times, food is expensive and most poor people can't afford to but fish, chicken or vegetables. A congressman said; can't afford, buy anchovies! Mind you, anchovies cost more expensive than chicken! 1kg of chicken cost $5.99 but anchovies cost $32 per kg!!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 21, 2015:

Thanks for revisiting this Shyron. Yes I remember reading the hub you wrote about your early life and how you very well could have ended up homeless. Sorry that this poem is depressing, but as you say it is such an important message of a world wide problem. Bless you too.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 21, 2015:

John, I had to re-read this. It is such a powerful message. When I think how close I have been to being one of the homeless. Yes John, we have millions of homeless/in poverty right here in the USA. Yes I know people who are homeless/needy and living in poverty.

Bless you for writing this.

Shyron

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 20, 2015:

That phrase is what we need to embrace Nell "things don't matter, people do." If greed didn't rule the world how much better would life be?

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 20, 2015:

Thank you for those Bible verses and your interesting comment Kiss andTales. We need to see what happens.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 20, 2015:

Thanks for reading Jamie. It is hard to live with the fact that starvation and poverty are still happening to so many. Things never seem to change.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 20, 2015:

Yes a painful read I am sure Audrey, but sometimes it is necessary to get the point across. Thanks for reading and your kind comment.

Nell Rose from England on January 20, 2015:

so true Jodah, so many rich people who live in their own little bubble and just can't see what's going on around them, poverty comes in many forms and countries, we all need to give more and realise that 'things' don't matter, people do, wonderful!

Kiss andTales on January 20, 2015:

This hub calls to mind the many other things the earth is faced with provety of a people ,there government may not allow food to reach these people. Many food supplies are stocked and stored in warehouses while the many go hungry or die from a lack of nutrition.

What will God's Son Jesus do as King Jesus!

Reference Bible Ps 72:16 There will come to be plenty of grain on the earth; On the top of the mountains there will be an overflow. His fruit will be as in Lebʹa·non, And those who are from the city will blossom like the vegetation of the earth.

New World Translation Isa 65:22 They will not build for someone else to inhabit, Nor will they plant for others to eat. For the days of my people will be like the days of a tree, And the work of their hands my chosen ones will enjoy to the full.

Reference Bible Re 21:5 And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.” Also, he says: “Write, because these words are faithful and true.”

The Reference Bible Re 21:5 And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.” Also, he says: “Write, because these words are faithful and true.”

What will that Government come into full power very soon !

Jamie Lee Hamann from Reno NV on January 20, 2015:

Powerful and necessary words. Thank you John for these hard but true facts. Jamie

Audrey Howitt from California on January 20, 2015:

Food and medical care are basic rights--Your write gets to much of the heart of this--though it is so painful to read it--We all need to give--

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 13, 2015:

Thanks for reading agvulpes and for your wonderful comment. WE are al responsible for trying to correct this dreadful situation that has been ongoing for years and years. If anything it is getting worse rather than better. I don't think we can expect Jesus to do anything about the situation, we are the ones living in the world and have been given free will. This situation is beyond any religion and should be beyond politics as well.

Peter from Australia on January 13, 2015:

Nothing has changed!!! Nothing is changing !!!

I just get a sad feeling of 'hopelessness' when I see your images and read your poem and I feel tears coming!

John you and your 'generations' must fight the 'good fight'

I have just one small observation to make and I don't want to be controversial :

You ask what would Jesus do?

I ask what has Jesus done?

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 11, 2015:

Exactly peachpurple, my own government is just as bad as any. thanks for reading.

peachy from Home Sweet Home on January 11, 2015:

good poem, the poor is everywhere, in every country but the government isn't looking.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 09, 2015:

Thanks for reading LadyFiddler, also for the scripture verses and for caring. Bless you.

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on January 09, 2015:

Its really sad when we have even to waste and knowing there are people around the world starving for weeks and months. Sometimes i miss a meal or two and i feel like I am going to pass out, then i wonder how can these people survive so long without food.

Well everyone of us have our own trials in different ways. I take solace in these verses of scriptures.

Hebrew 12 KJV

6. For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.

7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?

8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.

9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?

10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.

11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.

12 Wherefore lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees;

13 And make straight paths for your feet, lest that which is lame be turned out of the way; but let it rather be healed.

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God doesn't want us to get to familiar with this world because he has greater things for us who have endured or trials, temptations and chastening over on the other side. Sometimes these things some of us go through can be generational curses or we are just going through our own grind.

What I've learnt is that people with less are always more contented with what they have. The rich always wants more ... Therefore this is why Jesus said

Matthew 19 :23-24

23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.

24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.

One day the starving will starve NO more!! There is coming a day when no heartaches shall come, no more sickness no pain, no more sorrows over there.

In the mean time May God make a way some how and we can do whatever we can in whatever small way to lend a helping hand.

God Bless U Jodah

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 08, 2015:

Sorry that photo affected you so deeply Faith. I thought of toning it down (in fact Frank thought Hub Pages would consider it too much) but I decided to stick with it for the impact it may have in delivering this message. You are right about being "the hands and feet of Jesus". Maybe when confronted by situations like this we should ask ourselves "What would Jesus do?" Thank you for the vote up and share.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on January 08, 2015:

Poignant and powerful, dear John. It has taken me days to comment here due to each time I saw that first photo, I cried and cried.

To me, there is absolutely no reason why any child on this planet should go hungry!

We should all be the hands and feet of Jesus, for that is why we are all still here!

Up ++++ tweeting, pinning , G+ and sharing

Peace and blessings

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 05, 2015:

Exactly Smilealot, nothing is ever black and white in this world. What should be a simple solution is never as easy as it seems.

Smilealot on January 05, 2015:

The solution to poverty seems at first hand to be quite straight forward but of course in this crazy mixed up world it never is, greed and corruption are never too far away unfortunately. Your words have said it all really Jodah, very well written :-))

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 05, 2015:

Yes Dana it is a sad state of affairs. Some of us have to count our pennies just to pay our bills while others have money to waste on unnessary luxuries....meanwhile people are starving and having to drink dirty water just to try and stay alive. What an unfair world.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on January 05, 2015:

Isn't it sad: The more things change the more they stay the same. I have been waiting on money that has been owed to me in order to make my credit card payments on time. Just a small amount of change but very necessary. I was stressing big time over that chump change. Then I went to the grocery store and saw this car that cost more than I would make in a year and I just thought...really!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 04, 2015:

Thanks for braving the first picture Paula and reading in despite the tears. Yes the world is too unbalanced and unfair, and surely with what we know today (do we ever learn from our past mistakes) we can do something about this situation. Thanks for the vote up.

Suzie from Carson City on January 04, 2015:

Jodah...OMG....much much too sad for me. The picture of the children is enough to send me into tears. You bare your heart & soul and touch all of your readers, Jodah. How could any human being anywhere not TRY to end world hunger? Our world is so unbalanced and unfair.....An awesome message, Jodah....UP++

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 03, 2015:

Thank you so much Vellur, yes it is a very sad situation and it amazes me we haven't been able to come up with a solution before now...but it is still possible.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 03, 2015:

Thank you Shyron for the vote up and sharing but most of all for being the caring person that you are.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 03, 2015:

Thank you Shyron for the vote up and sharing but most of all for being the caring person that you are.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on January 03, 2015:

It is very sad that children do not get food to eat going hungry wondering when they will get the next meal. This is reality that we as humans can change for the better. Great poem.

Shyron E Shenko from Texas on January 03, 2015:

John, this makes me cry, it is sad when any goes hungry, but especially little ones. This is a powerful poem that should be read by everybody.

Blessings dear friend and Happy New Year.

Voted up, UABI and shared.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 03, 2015:

Thanks for reading Dianna, yes it is a sad and difficult situation. This situation is fixable but the world has to change the way they think and totally approach poverty. There is hope.

Dianna Mendez on January 03, 2015:

I am saddened by the fact little children are neglected and left to fend for themselves all over the world. To never know a kind hand or have someone who loves you is a lonely road. Your poem sheds the light of truth on this with the beauty of hope.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 03, 2015:

That must have been a touching experience Nadine, being among those families on Fish Hoek Beach to celebrate the New Year. Thank you for reading and your wonderful comment.

Nadine May from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa on January 03, 2015:

I'm so glad to live where we are John, but at the same time everything you mentioned in your poems cries out to everyone, "What are we do about it?" We both, Robin and I, joined millions of families on the first day of the New Year on Fish Hoek beach. For us it was just a walk from our home in Clovelly but on that day we were in almost the only (white) couple amongst thousands of local visitors who had arrived by the train or bus from the poorest of locations in surrounding Cape Town. The joy, that was clearly visible, seeing families celebrating life in general made us happy and grateful to live amongst the most courageous people who know how to overcome hardships.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 02, 2015:

I agree totally Flourish, one small thing everyday by each person who cares would add up. I have had positive responses to this poem wherever I have shared it. I hope it helps bring more awareness.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 02, 2015:

If each of us chooses a cause we care about and do one thing every day in furtherance of that cause -- educate someone else, donate, help personally, etc. -- the world will be a better place. You have done that many times over with this poem.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 02, 2015:

Thanks for your kind words and for simply caring Catherine. Every little bit helps if directed through the right channels.

Catherine Giordano from Orlando Florida on January 02, 2015:

Such a beautiful poem and eloquent plea. Thanks for the charts and the links to organizations that can help. We can't do much, but each of us can do a little, and together that can add up to "much."

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on January 01, 2015:

Thank you for your insightful and intelligent comment Michael. I couldn't agree more. Yes I am aware of self-sufficiency. I am striving for that with my lifestyle and have written a hub about it "in Search of Self-Sufficiency" but still have a long way to go. Thank you for the vote up too.

Michael-Milec on January 01, 2015:

Picture perfect, Jodah : Something is not right in this social system of ours, and your message is clear.

Those children have been created by human beings called " parents" - problem is greater than just hungry children without parents ... Are parents willing to work / sweating using shawl and a hoe, gardening, cultivating, feeding and milking a goat/ a cow … Poverty isn’t from “God,” its resulting as a rebellion of human beings against the principles in the orbit “ You refuse to work, “ stop eating. There would be many new graves in the begging, but gradually the land will be free of lazy nonproductive parasites (not talking of nonproductive working for the regimes…)

You might be familiar of self-sufficiency, and you will believe if I say that , during WW2 we had to provide for all our need, there wasn’t " poverty ", all our needs were supplied by hard and exhausting labor, since there was absolutely nothing to buy.

Giving and giving and donating , and donating can’t solve the the problem, will not, you know and everyone reading this know this. Some of us know even other “ secret “ that (godless ?!) [ “ sinful”] lifestyle won’t do away with the “curse’” unless….

Voted up and interesting.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2014:

Thank you Alicia. It i a sad topic but needs to be dealt with. Glad you approve.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on December 31, 2014:

Thank you for creating a hub with such an important message, Jodah. The message needs to be publicized as much as possible, and you have done a great job in doing this.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2014:

Good for you Eric, on the other hand I know quite a few people who don't care about anything that doesn't directly affect them and their family. Their argument is always the same, "What difference can one person make?" Even one of my sons, who knows how my wife and I feel, replied recently when I said a certain thing wasn't good for the environment, "Oh, we don't really care about environmental issues." Thanks for reading.

Eric Dierker from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A. on December 31, 2014:

I do not know anyone who does not do something for these in need. I cannot imagine being so busy as to not help. Great moving hub John.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2014:

Ruby thank you for reading and giving such a touching and caring comment. You are right, none of us should sleep soundly until we have done our bit to help eradicate poverty in some way. Happy New Year.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 31, 2014:

Children hungry anywhere in the world is a crime and every greedy person should not rest until they've given to the needy. God would never let the children suffer for anyone's sins. Your poem is powerful and right-on. Thank you..

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2014:

Hi Rogochuks, thanks for that insightful comment. It is true that the likes of Bill Gates, Bill Clinton and Warren Buffet haven even tireless in don acting to this cause, but considering the number of multi-millionaires is ever increasing around the world this is a drop in the bucket. I can understand that people want to ensure their money actually goes to where it is needed and often this is not the case with it having to pass through corrupt Governments and sometimes unethical charities, but we do have the power to eradicate poverty it just has to be done wisely. When you look at the rise of China and India in the power stakes it is entirely possible that Africa could rise to Superpower status in the future, but time will tell.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2014:

Thank you for reading and sharing KMSplumeau. I don't like to break people's hearts but if that's what it takes to change the world, it is necessary.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2014:

Thanks for readin Iris, you can see I care about this can't you? Sorry about the goosebumps.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2014:

You are exactly right MizBejabbers...why the big meals at Christmas and Thanksgiving and toy drives with big ticket items? The money should be distributed all year round where it helps most. There is an ever increasing number of homeless and impoverished in our own Countries who are considered an embarrassment and virtually hidden by the media. We have the resources to eradicate poverty we just need to use them effectively. Thanks for the vote up.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2014:

These are the exact questions I keep asking Harishprasad...there does not need to be poverty, just a fairer distribution of wealth and educational resources. With all the wealth and technology at our disposal why is poverty increasing in the world? People should give all year round, not just at Christmas, and greedy corrupt Governments needs to be held to account.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2014:

A small portion of our multi-millionaires do their bit as do some of the general population, but it is a drop in the bucket Shauna. You are right, with the disappearing middle class more and more people in our own countries are being forced into poverty and the wealth gap widening. The whole world has to come together to fight poverty or nothing will work.

Kay Plumeau from New Jersey, USA on December 31, 2014:

These images and your powerful writing absolutely break my heart. Very moving stuff, definitely sharing.

Cristen Iris from Boise, Idaho on December 31, 2014:

Wow. Goose bumps! Voted up and sharing.

Doris James MizBejabbers from Beautiful South on December 31, 2014:

Your first photo is gut-wrenching, John. I abhor the commercials where well-fed little models shed tears and say things like "I'm hungry" or "please help me". Those are the charities to avoid. Locally, we have a couple of organizations that help feed the hungry in the African-American community, although all races are welcome to their meals. This year, one leader said their stores were empty and made a heart rendering plea for help. We have hungry in our own communities who need help. One thing that disturbs me though, why the big honking meal on Christmas and Thanksgiving, and no emphasis on the rest of the year? These people eat more than twice a year. And the toy drives that provide kids with big ticket items! I would rather put my money in the mouths of these children than for toys.

How did we get this way? Worse yet, what are we going to do about it? Voted up++ because this hub is awesome.

Harish Mamgain from New Delhi , India on December 31, 2014:

This is a great poem with a powerful message. John, sometimes I find it difficult to comprehend why people are so deprived of their basic needs ? If 25 % people are poor in a certain nation, why don't the rest make efforts to maintain a decent balance ? Why is it that the figure of poverty rises up instead of coming down a little bit ? Why in spite of internal measures and foreign aid, no feasible progress seems in sight ?

The photo of little kids is heart-rending and compels us to do some soul-searching. Why Santa visits the poor only on the eve of Christmas ? why not the whole year so that we could relish the photos of smiling healthy kids, kindly helped by the Santas of the whole world ! You feel for humanity with such passionate heart that that is very evident from this great poem.

Voted up. Wishing you and all a happy new year. May God bless all of us !

Shauna L Bowling from Central Florida on December 31, 2014:

John, our economic system has become so lopsided. Gone is the middle class. As you say, the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. It's so sad and so unfair.

You're brought awareness to a very real problem. Your words can make a difference.

FOOFOO GUY from USA on December 31, 2014:

I believe that the rich has done more in the last two years to address the issues of poverty, hunger, aids, ebola, malaria and other plagues particularly in Africa. People like Bill Gates, Bill Clinton, Warren Buffet have committed their resources to uplifting the lives of people in that continent, but more needs to be done.

It is time for African American black leaders to commit their efforts to educating their children about their ancestral lands, tapping into the racial trust factor, and directing efforts towards the revitalization of the leadership structure in Africa. In this area, Obama can take a lead post presidency, and make significant mark.

Africa is destined to be the next great superpower post European decline, and those who fall in line to help it will reap the rewards.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2014:

Your words ring true Jackie. Even in my country, as your own there are many children living in poverty. The conditions in many of our aboriginal communities are a disgrace for instance. The media is often in league with the Government not to show the public the unsavory side of the life that they would prefer to sweep under the carpet. I'm damn sure everything is not roses.

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on December 31, 2014:

...but by the grace of God it could have been us. There are some who give like the Bill Gates but it takes hands on and changing so much to help these people. Another shame is on America and her homeless. We can support criminal illegals (sometimes legals as we were supporting the Boston bombers!) but let our little homeless children go hungry and they never make the news or get photographed. That would be politically incorrect and media seems one-sided here now to keep any truth from coming out.

Great article; everything is not roses and it does need to be shown.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2014:

Thanks Bill, a comment like that from you means more than you know. I am very passionate about this, Thanks for your support. I wish more people cared. Happy New Year,

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 31, 2014:

This is writing at its best. This is writing at its most powerful. I wonder how anyone could look at that first picture and not be moved to tears, and yet there are millions who simply don't care.

Thank you, and Happy New Year, John!

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2014:

Thanks Frank , I'll just have to deal with that photo if HP make me remove it. I have had that problem quite regularly but usually only if someone complains or reports it as offensive. We shall see. It would be a shame because I feel it is powerful for conveying the message. You have a great New Year too.

Frank Atanacio from Shelton on December 31, 2014:

damn the first photo was tear-jerking I know Hubpages are going to make you take it down... sad.. you covered so much in a poem.. hey, try to have a Happy New Year my friend bless you

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2014:

Ann, even well meaning people become disenchanted when they find out the money they donate in good faith has been syphoned by the corrupt governments (and sometimes even the running costs of the charities involved) before even reaching the needy. Careful study and enquiry needs to be done before pledging money). Man is responsible however and needs to find a way to eradicate poverty. Thank you.

Ann Carr from SW England on December 31, 2014:

Here, here, John. A moving piece with a powerful message that needs to be heeded. All governments should read this too, especially those who are warring instead of looking after their own.

I must admit that the 'help us' requests are reaching saturation point and I wonder how many actually do what they say; how much does reach those who need it? We have to help, though, and we have to be thorough in making sure what we give reaches the intended recipients.

Man is responsible. The buck stops there. We have to try to make a difference.

Well done, John.

Happy New Year to you; hope it is kind to you and yours.

Ann

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2014:

Jo, your insightful comments just adds to the value of the hub. Thank you for the kind words.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2014:

Hi Devika, glad this poem touched your heart. Thanks.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2014:

Thank you for reading, your kind comment, and for the vote up Rachael

Jo Alexis-Hagues from Lincolnshire, U.K on December 31, 2014:

John, poignant and very moving. It's a case of sensory overload, so much easier to look the other way. Giving money doesn't seem to help. Wars famine and disease are the result of our actions, I have to agree with you, this is not the doing of a loving caring God. This has more to do with man. Exceptional work, well done.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on December 31, 2014:

A beautiful hub! So much to think about and poverty is just every where. You bring the attention so close to the heart.

Rachael O'Halloran from United States on December 31, 2014:

So sad, yet so beautiful. Voted up, beautiful and awesome.

John Hansen (author) from Queensland Australia on December 31, 2014:

Thank you DipMtra, your comment and vote up is much appreciated.

Dip Mtra from World Citizen on December 31, 2014:

Voted up. Beautiful, once again. 'God's way of recycling things...'