Treasure Island

Lilac Wine

Hunger fills your empty stomach with just another night

Whilst I
Don my apron you shed your clothes
Whilst I
Enter the kitchen you enter your bedroom
Whilst I
Turn on the cooker you turn off the light
Both of one world, one earth, one soil, one creator
Whilst I
Prepare the feast
You lay yourself down

Another night of sleep on an empty stomach
Hunger gnaws away at your insides
Whilst tears
Burn away at my eyes
Whilst you close yours to another night
Mine has just begun
How can a morsel of food pass my lips
Knowing that you sleep one more night without
Guilt consumes me
I call myself your sister
Yet you my brother suffer
One of life’s many injustices
Tell me what to do
Share your burden
Let me bear it with you
You say thank the lord for your blessings
But how?
For it is not a blessing that you go without and I enjoy

Whilst my little ones
Clutter my kitchen
Emptiness surrounds you
Mama! Mama! Mama! They cry
Like each meal is their last
Whilst my beloved
Watches with love in his eyes
Hungrily awaiting the treasures that I prepare
Awaiting his next meal
You pray for just one
And I….
Think of you
My heart sinks deeper
Till it feels like it’s drowning in misery and helplessness
Whilst you…
My brother sink deeper into sleep
Hunger fills your empty stomach with just
Another night

Submitted: Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Edited: Saturday, March 19, 2011

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  • Hans Vr (7/4/2010 8:34:00 AM)

    Dear LIlac,
    You touch right my sensitive nerves. Hunger in the world cannot let us untocuhed. It is a burden on every human's shoulder and I do think a lot about it too.
    I am in the process of making a website, 'poets against hunger' and would like to publish this poem on it. If you would allow this, please let me know through the message system of this website. Thanks in advance.
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  • Francesca Johnson (7/4/2007 3:17:00 PM)

    I've just trawled the new poems list and found yours. Well worth the wait.... Truly compassionate and thought-provoking, deep and meaningful, written in a contrasting way to show the differences between 'us and them.' The withs and the withouts. Great piece of writing, Lilac.

    Love, Fran xx (Report) Reply

  • Frank James Ryan Jr...fjr (7/4/2007 2:58:00 PM)

    A most gripping, and stunning piece of work, Lilac...Such is the case of many..that you write about here...All we can do, is do our part in whatever way we are able to....and take faith in the fact that Crosses bare Life, and solace, in the big picture.
    An extremely moving & impressive Write, young lass!

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  • Marci Made (7/4/2007 1:29:00 PM)

    A beyond compassionate write....eyes full of droplets, as you've captured about one person who is a part of you, his pain, his daily suffering through being alone while you are happy with your children and their Dad....Not all of us are as fortunate anymore Lilac...The norm is more like your brothers plight then the wonderful love within your this poem you show a deeply caring soul and to save you time, 'You're Welcome.' no thanks needed, ok? marci. (Report) Reply

  • Andrew mark Wilkinson (7/4/2007 1:28:00 PM)

    What a sad poem Lilac... If i am reading your poem right its about world hunger, why should we have more than we can eat, while others go hungry.. I don`t know or understand the reasons who does anyone, when there is more than plenty to go around... perhaps we should all look our selves in the mirror and feel shame..10 (Report) Reply

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