Have you ever walked around town and looked
Observed how people act
How they are as a person
What they do in life
Have you ever see someone less fortunate than you
Maybe they’re homeless
Maybe they don’t have enough money to pay rent and eat a full meal every day
Maybe they ask you for some food or some money
But you decide to look away
But why?

We need to start to give and not take

Everywhere in the world,
There is most likely who has it worse than you
Maybe you think you have too much homework
But at least you go to school
Maybe you’re upset that  mom took away your phone
Well at least you have a phone
But let’s be honest being grateful isn’t the problem
Being greedy is
It makes me think

Why don’t we give and not take

We take the land
We take people
We take home’s
It’s been like this forever
But where has this gotten us
Native Americans being tormented for practicing in their own way
Making an enemy with Mexico because we know all they want is a better life for their families
People on the streets
Those same people you decided to not help
We are all citizens of the world
So let’s start

Let’s give and not take

It starts with one simple act
Maybe giving someone a few dollars so they can support their family or get some food
Or maybe just being there to have a conversation with them
They always say a smile goes a long way
So let’s do this
Help and not hurt
Love and not hate
Give and not take

In this assignment, we were asked to write a Speak It! poem on a powerful message. For my poem, I wrote about how society is so obsessed with greed we only think about ourselves. I enjoyed this assignment because I found something I’m passionate about and got to write a poem I really enjoyed writing. When I read this poem, it makes me realize that this has always been a problem we can all fix. When others read this poem, I hope they start to do little acts of kindness because just like the poem says a smile goes a long way.


CC BY-SA 4.0 Give and Not Take by Anaya is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.


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