A Plan of Poverty

PHOTO PROMPT © Roger Bultot

The empty shelves told their story: the poverty had spread, affecting even those who had once lived with plenty. No longer did the wealthy strut about the towns showing off their well-padded bodies clothed in fine materials. Now the middle class felt what the hungry knew intimately: stomach cramps and dreams of the next meal. They now knew what it was like to never be satisfied; to be focused on one thing only – survival.

Behind towering walls, those who had orchestrated the widespread poverty congratulated themselves while gorging themselves on mouth-watering dishes. Their plan to control everyone was bearing fruit.

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post was inspired by Friday Fictioneers hosted by Rochelle. The challenge asks for bloggers to write a story in 100 words or less in response to the photo prompt.)

47 thoughts on “A Plan of Poverty

    1. Not a well thought out story this morning Neil? But I wonder – could the currency change in some way? Or the social structure could move towards what was experienced in the past with the peasantry and serfs.

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      1. There was an inverse phenomenon in the early colonisation of Australia, where they shipped agricultural workers out from the UK and were surprised when they simply disappeared into the bush and set up their own farms. Later they realised that coercion was important and sent convict labour

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  1. Well Colline this could be a tale for today. If the Corvus 19 virus takes hold, food will be hard to get, as shops empty through panic and goods get rarer due to transport difficulties.
    Just call me a pessimist! 😜💜


  2. I think your well-described dystopia might be nearer than previously imagined, Colline.
    And the revolution, hopefully, will be not far behind.


  3. That was how it has been (and still is in North Korea and other dictatorships) and that’s how it will likely be, if we allow autocracies and plutocracies to control the many.


      1. Yes, though one must remember that collective revolts often came with their own profiteering and bloodshed (as those in power clamped down and as those who wanted power used public momentum to push their own agendas under the guise of revolution) … That said, steady growing civil protest HAS created change. Often glacial, and almost always with victims along the way, but change can (and should) come.


  4. Every 1%ers dream: own and control everything, and give the 99% just enough to produce and stay alive. I see it more and more like that every day 😦


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