Title: Giving in and Giving out
Event: Famine

She’s slumped in despair trying hard to stop needing,
While her baby cries,
A body crippled and deprived takes another beating,
And she sighs.

Aching to find a thick slab of stone and around her waist she ties,
Still hunger lingers,
Her baby’s tears, streaming down a ghostly face, are food for the flies,
Fists enclose fingers.

A parched existence continues for today kept alive by singers,
in the camp,
it is a song that cuts through the endless pain, thirst, frailty and hinders,
a stomach clamp.

Thoughts of long gone days of nourishment invade leaving a stamp,
In her mind,
It does nothing but intensifies the destitute longing and she feels a cramp,
She is resigned.

Dizziness whirls her around and soon her vision is less defined,
Fighting on she tries,
But her baby has gone awfully quiet and in darkness she’s enshrined,
Slipping away she dies.


The End

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