A message from Hiram Larew, founder of the Poetry X Hunger Initiative:
"As we commemorate World Food Day today, with hurry, hope and hurt, please take a minute to close your eyes.
Yes, in your silence acknowledge the wonder and miracle of being well-nourished. And then, however you can, imagine the very opposite.
Time permitting, also take a look at a powerful program about Food Heroes and Poetry held last Wednesday under the banner of the United Nations to commemorate World Food Day in North America.
Here's a link to the 90-minute program. Poets are on mic at about 1 hour and 15 minutes into the program.
World Food Day Food Heroes Dialogue - Zoom
And, here's the link to the News Release about the event -- Poets call for empathy and action towards a hunger-free world | FAO in North America | Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations
Lastly, please carry the following haiku with you as you step into your day. It was written nearly 400 years ago by a master of the haiku form. Without ever using the word "hunger," he captures its shadow."
For this lovely bowl
Let us arrange some flowers
Since we have no rice
Matsuo Basho (1644 – 1694)
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