those trying to survive well below the poverty line

do have basic choices

public housing seldom available some return home

or share with strangers and all the unknown

 

many choose a life of crime

to cover their bills

people who would never consider such risks

or sell their body then their soul, become homeless

 

but we can choose our attitude

embrace our inner wealth

serve others by volunteering

spread cheer and good will to all we meet

 

don’t let long term poverty poison your soul or defeat

sure it severely inhibits life choices

Reflect wisely and turn that around!

 

Carrot Ranch Challenge, April 11, 2019, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less) write a story using the phrase “beggars can’t be choosers.” You can play with the words, alter them or interpret them without using the phrase. Give it any slant you want — show what it means or add to its  meaning. Go where the prompt leads!