Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Hungry in America

-->I count bread slices
2 each day is still
a day without
!/2 an avocado will last 8 days
but they ripen into urgency
one is gone already
the frozen fish is six days
the stringbeans, too
nothing lasts for seven
there will always be
one empty belly waking
40 years ago I was hungry
as I worked on the degrees
I thought would feed me
And they did for awhile
The weather has changed
Spring is cold, the insects
swarm on the warm days
As if they know  that night
will kill them how
short their tiny lives
have become.

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