True riches

The rich complexity of the poor
Found in their knowledge
Their understanding unearthed from the rubble
Stories of courage
Wilful determination and heart
Some admired
Having come out of the mud and mire
Hung on society walls as rags to riches trophies
Most pitied as they stand on the streets of despair
Ignored by many in the world
Who look away
Passing by their lot
Assuming they have nothing to offer
While the treasure of their stories remain untapped
Stop long enough to listen and learn
Then partner with the poor
To make the world a richer place

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