A theme in "The Children of the Poor" is a deep maternal love and fear for children who don't have access to wealth or power.
The speaker of the poem recognizes that children bring worry because love makes a person vulnerable. This is expressed when she says that people without children can leave easier and less stressful lives; they don't know what it is to constantly fret over their children. However, they don't know the deep love that comes with having children either.
She is worried about her children....
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