The “H” wor(l)d

Other people’s hunger should hurt us all,
We should feel it deep in our stomach,
in our viscera,
it should make our flesh crawl with horror
simply when seeing its fangs piercing their ribs,
simply when hearing their own bowels shrieking,
simply when thinking how a body is able to self-devour.
We should taste the tears of a hungry child
not understanding the agony of his mother
when being unable to feed him.
We should feel the stigma of shame burning our guts
for allowing another human being,
to starve,
to beg for food.
Then, the saying “love goes through the stomach”
would gain a higher valence.
“Hunger” should be just a word in a dictionary.
A dictionary of archaisms.
And not even that.


© Liliana Negoi

One Response to “The “H” wor(l)d”
  1. gerrygryle says:

    Hello. I’m part of a charity trying to raise money to give water to 50,000 thirsty, impoverished people.

    Please spare a few moments to read through some stats:
    • There are nearly 1 billion people in the world that don’t have clean, safe water.
    • The women and children that collect water spend approximately 40 billion hours getting it.
    • This detracts from their ability to do other work, or get an education.
    • It takes $20 to supply one of these people with a clean water supply.
    • Each dollar spent provides an economic return of $12.
    • Not least because of the drop in medical care and infant mortality.
    • Can you spare a single dollar for this campaign to bring clean water to 50,000 people?
    • That’s less than a third of the price of a cup of coffee.
    • All money goes to providing water not to admin costs or profit.

    Please see:

    If you can’t spare a single dollar, please pass this message on to others who might.


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