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Five Seconds

June 22, 2009
By Tayler Randi SILVER, Lafleche, Other
Tayler Randi SILVER, Lafleche, Other
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Darker skin, warm brown eyes
Four years old no need to die
No food no water, no life to live
Poverty stricken, the hunger wins

Another one dead another one gone
No chance to live not where she’s from
Her frail little body took one last breath
Malnutrition won again

Eating for two she cries to herself
Just a bite, just a nibble, only a taste
She needs it she wails as she falls to the ground
The child deep inside never to breathe

An entire family weeps at night
No money to buy, no grain to grow
They beg and they beg and beg some more
But only until ‘morrow never comes

Undernourished is that girl on the streets
Dirty, alone, she’s barely thirteen
Scavenges garbage she looks to eat
Nobody cares if she’s dead by night

Poverty and hunger hand in hand
Taking lives making plans
Eight hundred-sixty two million famished
“Success” they cry, a joyous finale

The author's comments:
Every day almost 16,000 children die from hunger related causes, one every five seconds.

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on Jul. 1 2009 at 2:39 am
lexi10824 PLATINUM, Portalnd, Oregon
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This is such an emotional piece...good job! :)