Homeless and Hungry
Where do I go to be safe?
Where, oh where do my children
and I get a bite to eat during
Let it be told so someone can help
our stomachs not to hurt.
So hungry, so cold at night!
My babies can not stop crying
Fear and pains reasons why.
Change gotta come for survival
Hard times drive us to be Homeless
Wide-eyed Innocent Children stare
All babies know are severe pains of hunger
All babies want are a peanut butter and jelly
How about an apple, how about a
banana, or sip of milk, some juice.
Hear babies’ feeble cry
Listen how they whimper.
Can you please show us way to
shelter and food?
Food will take away pain
Unite to help rid our hunger, help
Mothers stay sane.
Unity brings phenomenal change.
Thank you for awesome help you
give to ex out gloom.
So my babies will stop crying
So my babies will have cover
over head soon
Sylvia Dianne Beverly (Ladi Di) entered this poem about food waste in the 2018 World Food Day Poetry Prize competition. A collection of her work is housed at George Washington University's Gelman Library. Ladi Di celebrated the 40th Anniversary of Host Grace Cavalieri, reading on her show "The Poet and the Poem" at the Library of Congress Experience.
The poems that follow are powerful evidence that Poetry Speaks Back to Hunger!