By the Dumpsters

For Susie’s prompt at Real Toads
She gives us some pictures to color with our words. I picked the picture I did because I volunteer at a Food Bank/Soup Kitchen. We feed a lot of hungry people and children there. This time of year, kids walk to the soup kitchen to get food, lunch. We put more time into worrying about the environment than we do into feeding hungry children.

By the Dumpsters
“One in four kids in the U.S. faces hunger.” Jeff Bridges

she dreams in colors of food –
red ripe tomatoes
and creamy yellow pasta,
salad greens
and yellow cheese
and marbled rye of bread.
she waits for the people to take out their trash.
she hunkers invisible behind the dumpsters.
she closes her eyes
and dreams –
brown of chocolate
pink of peaches –
oranges and juicy red apples
she curls tighter in on herself.
the yellow moons smiles down at her.
she raises her arms and rises to meet it
in the wine colored sky.


12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Marie Elena
    Jul 11, 2019 @ 17:09:43

    Oh my goodness. May I please share this on FB?


  2. robtkistner
    Jul 11, 2019 @ 18:31:13

    Fascinating piece Toni. Wonderful colors…


  3. Lori
    Jul 11, 2019 @ 20:48:29

    Your poem made my mouth water and then the thought of seeing and smelling such wonderful things and not being able to have any. So sad.


  4. Susie Clevenger
    Jul 11, 2019 @ 22:44:43

    Oh, how the hungry must dream just like this. I too agonize about the plight of those who go hungry. I support a local food bank. Hunger is such agony when your plate is always empty.Thank you so much for taking part in the prompt!


  5. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Jul 12, 2019 @ 00:53:01

    the central location of the trash and dumpsters really anchors this poem – you lure and tease with the gorgeous food and then … it hits us in the stomach…


  6. sanaarizvi
    Jul 12, 2019 @ 04:09:07

    This is such an evocative write, Toni! I can picture the girl as she “dreams in colors of food,” … hunger is suffering the kind that I wouldn’t wish upon anyone 😦


  7. Charmed Chaos
    Jul 12, 2019 @ 12:06:47

    So touching and sad. Beautiful Toni.


  8. Kerry
    Jul 14, 2019 @ 03:35:43

    You nailed this picture from the first line! Very well done.. an important message.


  9. purplepeninportland
    Jul 17, 2019 @ 20:53:09

    Absolutely stunning and on the mark. You have written the words to this photo.


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