Nenia Arnaiz Dulom
The Bread Of Life - Poem by Nenia Arnaiz Dulom
Thank you for the bread you’ve shared,
Thank you for the kindness you remember to give,
If not for these, I would sleep hungry to death,
With growling stomach that never want to rest.
I could not believe I will eat tonight,
For so often I only have my teeth,
I would grind them until I could sleep,
Or sometimes until the sun rises to peep.
Praise to heaven, glory to the merciful one,
Whosoever inspired your heart to be kind,
Those who don’t know how to pray,
Would be glad to say one.
Those with hungry hearts and stomachs,
And hoping souls and minds,
That one day, just one time,
One good person will come.
Ready to give a donation or gift,
A love transcending barriers and prejudice,
To offer a life just for a day as not to miss,
A basic food of bread and drink.
A bread of life for you, for me
For all people on planet earth,
Bread of love, justice and peace,
Of charity, understanding and sympathy.
A bread of God for all humanity,
Not only for those who have money,
Be kind, be generous, be full of care,
Not to someone but to everyone.
Share the bulging bread in your pocket,
The sumptuous one on your plate,
Or even those in your heart and head,
Whatever you think your neighbors need.
The neighbors next to you,
Or nearby places like your school and office,
Or along the road you pass by each day,
Whom you ignore or insensitively not see.
This is the purpose why bread is created,
To fill the stomach of all races,
Though it is too sad to see,
How some died not even a morsel to eat.
(May 20,2011 Philippines)
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