The beast of poverty

April 10, 2023, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about “the old lady and the beast.” What does age have to say about the story? Who is the beast and why? Go where the prompt leads!


Extreme poverty is a deadly foe for anyone but when it strikes people in their old age it becomes a beast looking to devour them.

Old amma * belonged to a poor family, working all through her life till the age of 80. Since she had two sons, it was expected that at least at this age they would give her shelter and sustenance. But fate had a different plan. One son died of Covid while the other was a drug addict.

Now she sweeps the streets, in exchange for food and shelter, trying to evade the beast of poverty.


Word count; 99

*Amma is the name given to an old lady, it means mother in Urdu/ Hindi

In response to; 99 Word Story, hosted by Charli Mills



64 thoughts on “The beast of poverty

  1. Those days when children look after aged parents are ending and fast in many parts of the world. The way to go is to invest and prepare for that period but sadly, many are not able to. The reason is that they themselves struggle to educate and prepare their children for adult life while hardly any thing is left for the parents to enjoy in their old age.

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