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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,


Opulence is flaunted everywhere,

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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.


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.


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.


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.

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


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land 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 Gondwana Land 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 Gondwana Land 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 Gondwana Land 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.


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land 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 Gondwana Land 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 Gondwana Land 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 Gondwana Land 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 Gondwana Land 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.


John Hansen (author) from Gondwana Land 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 Gondwana Land 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 Gondwana Land 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 Gondwana Land 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 Gondwana Land 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 Gondwana Land 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 Gondwana Land 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.


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 Gondwana Land 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!

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Peace and blessings