All It Takes

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A four part poem, each told from different points of view, all about the suffering of starvation.


I can't remember the last time I ate, there's nothing in the cupboards.

Nothing can describe the hurting in my tummy, not any words.


I don't know when I'll get my next meal. I'm only six.

Mommy's asleep again, holding her stinky white sticks.


Everything hurts, and I feel so tired, but all I can do is lie here.

Oh, if only some food would suddenly appear.


My teacher gave me sandwhich and I got to eat today.

But what about tommorow? or the next day?


I can't hold a job, don't even have a place to call home,

Witha suitcase and sign, I beg for change for food and am forced to roam.


Forced to depened on the charity of others, I don't always know if I get to eat every day.

Shelters and sanctuaries say they can't afford to let me stay more than a day.


I'm forty three and because of the economy I'm forced to go hungry.

I'd take anything to eat, even bread and water. I'm not choosy.


I live in America, land of the free, but I don't know if that's really true.

Most people don't realize or don't care that famishement is an issue.


I've survived wars, immigration, and every otherhardsip a woman can suffer.

Never would I have though I would have to fight hunger.


I've raised my children, lost my husband and at sixty four I still have to work.

I ask passing people for food, they just smirk.


My belly's empty and cavng in.

I would do anything for something to eat, even if it was from a tin.


Hunger just used to be a word, but now I have to live being hungry.

If I survive, never agin will I use that word lightly.


You may think hunger is caused by not enough food is being made,

but we produces enough food for every man,woman, and child, there's no evade.


If we want thisworld wide problem to stop,well then that's up to you.

Go to the store and buy a can of soup, maybe even two.


Go to a foood bank, give a donation, start a chain letter.

All it takes to solve a problem is a do-er.


So stop reading this and start fighting for what's right.

Give somebody in need thei next meal. People just need to unite!

Submitted: August 11, 2011

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You're right, because we do :) a brilliant poem ;)

Thu, August 11th, 2011 6:57pm


thanks :)

Thu, August 11th, 2011 12:05pm

Danae Devan

Wrote this becaasue i had this idea floating around in my head. Using it as inspiration for GuruGuy's Resolution competition. Off to write actual entry.
Enjoy guys :D

Thu, August 11th, 2011 7:05pm

Basit Del Rebellion

The best writer is the one just doesn't write to fulfill his desire only but to give a positive message to his/her readers through the writings. You are on the right track.
btw, I fulfilled the promise that I will read your work. If everybody's work is this good, nobody would need to send invitations and will automatically get reads. have a nice day!

Sun, August 21st, 2011 9:45am


thank you. I'm suprised you commented but I'm glad you did. Youre right about writing messages to readers, I try to do so in my peoms.
anyway, thank you again for reading.

Sun, August 21st, 2011 8:53am

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