Starving | Teen Ink


June 23, 2019
By ParkerRobert_B SILVER, Greer, South Carolina
ParkerRobert_B SILVER, Greer, South Carolina
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Favorite Quote:
“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see” -Mark Twain

bowls of potato soup

taunt the starving children

the monster inside their stomachs

growls and claws at the fragile lining

between skin and tract

want some, want some?

the monster cackles

retreating deeper into the pit

of their guts

a passing smell

of meat

turns them ravenous

they reach for anything they can

the dry soil scratches their throats

and the dead winter grass lodges between

rotting teeth

the monster curls up in a ball

waiting for it’s next attack.

the monster is always there

the children are always hungry

The author's comments:

This is about the daily struggle children without food face. They likely feel tormented by an inner voice and are literally desperate for anything they can get. The part about the grass and soil was inspired by the French Revolution. The people of France who were extremely poor and could not afford food had to go to extreme measures to survive. This included eating grass and dirt. I hope this speaks to you or helps you understand what nearly a billion children face every day.

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LKQgirl GOLD said...
on Aug. 23 2021 at 10:57 am
LKQgirl GOLD, Somonauk, Illinois
17 articles 17 photos 63 comments

Favorite Quote:

I cannot understand how cruel people taunt kids just because they don't have enough food to eat--as though they could help it!