Poem by Joyce Graves
“This is what the hungry say…”
Joyce Williams Graves © 6/10/2019
Sorry, did you say something?
No sir, that was my stomach making that hollow sound.
You see, I haven’t eaten in a while,
my empty stomach is filled with air bubbles these days.
The noise is something I can’t control,
People can see and hear I am hungry, yet
No one seems to care about my plight!
Every day, the sound gets louder and I get weaker.
At times, the noise wakes me from my sleep
Oh yes, I have prayed for food daily from anyone.
I believe, the Lord is waiting for somebody
to have understanding, compassion or empathy on my suffering.
Stranger, will it be you today?
Will you find in your heart a
way to satisfy my craving and thirst this day?
No, I won’t give up!
God has not forgotten me.
This is not my final path in life, to starve to death.
I won’t believe that, I can’t!
I am His child.
No, I believe, I will eat again!
For I was hungry, and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in. Matthew 25:35
Joyce Graves (Prince George’s County, MD) is a woman of faith – she is a positive person, who likes to give encouragement to anyone. One of her spiritual goals/talents is to bless people. God has blessed her for many years and she now tries to give back through prayer, sending cards for birthdays, get well cards, anniversaries, when someone is sick, and calling shut ins.
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These poems were recognized at the 2019 WFD Poetry Competition