Sunday, May 13

It's A Hard Life

Like steam
from the soup bowl,
their anticipation
had risen at the approach of
meal time.

But they
were left hungry;
one bowl between many
only served to tantalise them
further.

Empty
days and stomachs
were all they could expect
poverty and deprivation
to bring.


Words and picture inspired  by Mag #117, with its image of an original  painting by Paul Gaugin.

26 comments:

  1. A different twist on the prompt Jinksy ~

    I like the one bowl between many...this is true, sadly ~

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  2. Yup hunger is hard for sure- life sapping. Thanks.

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  3. I agree with Grace that image captured it for me, too! Thank you!

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  4. I brought out hunger, too...

    Happy Mother's Day!

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  5. A story replayed many times worldwide. I like the anticipation rising like steam from the soup bowl.

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  6. I noticed that the girl has the one big bowl in front of her. Sad to think of kids going hungry but, so true.
    Nicely done Jinksy!

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  7. A good reminder of all the hungry kids out there. I put a bag of canned goods on the mailbox yesterday...

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  8. I love what you did with the picture. And words so true and today's world.

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  9. "one bowl between many"

    What a great line!

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  10. many mothers are in a soup line today- lest we forget

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  11. Sad, Jinsky! But a lot of truth in your verse. Many a time the child goes hungry. Unemployment and poverty are invariably the culprits. Great verse, Ma'am!

    Hank

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  12. Oh yes, this is another nice twist from viewing this lovely painting! Amazing how all our minds unravel another new story!

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  13. it is def not an easy life for many...they anticipate it for a while but after time reality does set in that there will not be much...and you live with it...

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  14. They definitely look hungry. Good words.

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  15. There's certainly too much hunger in the world...

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  16. Now do they tear each other to shreds ?

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  17. That is the feeling I got from the painting as well. Empty bowl!!
    Hugs
    SueAnn

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  18. Sadly, so many in this world do not have sustainable food sources. Thank you for sharing this reminder, Jinksy.

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  19. Ah, yes, the reminder. Well said.

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  20. My heart aches for all the hungry children in the world ... nicely penned!

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  21. Impressed by the thrust of this one.

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  22. Very thought-provoking poem. So much we take for granted yet these few words have reminded us of how much we have to appreciate.

    CJ x

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  23. Sadly, I think many children could relate to this scenario. Well written.

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  24. Deep words, a change from all the great humour Mags we've come to enjoy from you. Nicely written.

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  25. All too true, and you expressed it well.

    =)

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