A Sunday Poem: “Food”

 

A civil war in South Sudan.

 

This mother of five is

hiding in the swamps,

feeding her children with water lilies

until the next shipment of grains

is airdropped.

 

They are the lucky ones.

 

Elsewhere,

aid workers are kidnapped for

ransom.

Relief agencies

unable to reach

those in need.

 

A manmade disaster.

 

I grab my car keys, heading to PetSmart.

Cat food this week

30% off.

 

(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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