Henry Crawford wrote the poem Going to Sleep Hungry. Henry wrote the poem as 2021 Capital Area Foodbank (CAFB) poet-in-residence (see below). Here is a link to the web implementation. As written by Henry:
"As you will see I wanted to explore what it means for a child to go to sleep hungry in a family experiencing food insecurity. I also wanted to allude to the social challenges that accompany food insecurity and present my work in a holistic, multimedia format. I voiced the poem from my own experience growing up in a working-poor family."
Going to Sleep Hungry is a single page website with the poem interpreted in text, audio and video. Henry added his notes, some quotes and a footer with links to relevant web pages.
Going to Sleep Hungry
Everyone has money on TV but here I am
sitting on a cold radiator eating handfuls of Cap'n Crunch
out of the box with my coat pulled over my head
worrying about homework cause I was hoping for some milk
but someone left it out so I ate from a jar of grape jelly
and you don’t see that on TV where they sit around
the kitchen picking things out of the fridge
and laughing together with spoonfuls of Mac and Cheese
pouring down from somewhere I wish I could taste
but I’m not on that show and I don’t know how
those kids on TV have the answers or how
their hands go up in class while I’m in the back row
dreaming out the window remembering that tonight
is Popeyes’ night and how much I love watching mom feel happy
but it doesn’t last that long and she comes back yelling
about those math questions and I remember
that I scribbled all over the answer sheet
and it’s late now as the kids on TV and even the TV dog
are eating mountains of Jell-O from golden bowls
and I’ve forgotten about the homework cause all I can think about
is wanting a mixed flavored Slurpee and hoping
there’ll be some milk left in the morning.
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