I dine on matzah brei smothered
with strawberry jam or grape jelly
in the Spring of each year.
Though I attempt to eat slow,
too soon it disappears. It takes
me back to a younger day.
But there is something else
that hangs heavy in the air
to remind of a time
when my ancestors fled
their captives with no time
for their daily bread to rise.
As I eat this as a breakfast treat,
I recall a time when my people
were not free. I too was a slave.
(c) By Richard (Dick) Epstein
Dick Epstein helps guide the Memorial Day Writers Project held at the Vietnam War Memorial each Memorial and Veterans Day holidays in Washington, DC.
Free food for the elderly
Please bring a bag
A neighbor handed it to her
At the bank
It lay on her kitchen table
For two weeks
Before she taped it
Inside her bare kitchen cabinet
Closed doors hide more than empty shelves
Even more than empty stomachs
Today pride took a step
To the back burner
So potatoes, carrots and onions
Simmer on her stove once again
Pots boil freely
As aromas rise
Drying proud hands and tear-filled eyes
On an apron accustomed to hosting
family dinners for years
She wipes away tears,
Then picks up the phone
Time to place a thank you call
To a good neighbor
(c) By J. Joy ‘Sistah Joy’ Matthews Alford
Here is the video of Sistah Joy reading her poem The Flyer: - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8NaO8dcbXD8&t=12s
J. Joy ‘Sistah Joy’ Matthews Alford was appointed as the inaugural Poet Laureate of Prince George's County, Maryland in 2018. Deeply involved in poetry work since 2003, Sistah Joy is known for messages of social consciousness, inspiration and empowerment. In 2002 she received the Poet Laureate Special Award from the Washington, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities “for her outstanding contributions to the art of poetry".
Hunger-focused Poems by Maryland Poets
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