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If Only Tears Could Feed Them

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If Only Tears Could Feed Them

have you ever went days without food?
long seemingly ceaseless nights 
as you hear the rumble
(like thunder in small ears) of bellies not filled

these tears I shed are wasted 
for they don’t feed the hungry 

in all the mourning lies a bittersweet fruitlessness
with its empty anguish poured on solemn streets
though I cry tears anyhow….pouring hot from my lids 
like tequila burns the throat of  a boy

this sympathy is wasted….for they still go unfed
though at night I wail at the injustice of it all…
(a bit like shouting into a deafened wind)

all my sorrow for those poverty stricken
poor little children with swollen bellies
and big sad starving eyes rips and shreds at my heart
pounding like a raging river on my congested chest
as I strive for some peace from the rampaging agony
of each little life that is uselessly lost 
                                        (slipped to a bitter dust)

yet….they still go without food…..my wailing did not end this….

a big deep well of darkness uncoils and envelops me
yes I cry….I weep crocodile tears in my solitude
(fat lot of good that does)
shaking what are fragile fists toward a sky unfeeling
and less than listening to the plight of these unfortunate
who drown in their destitution ….

it takes souls and tatters them
shredding lives with a razor sharp machete

but….I am fed….aren’t I?
and all the lamenting is pointless….isn’t it?
if they still go another night hearing the rumble
of hollow stomachs and brick wall barriers….

these tears I shed are wasted……yet…I cry them anyway
if only tears could feed them…



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  1. Date: 8/24/2009 7:43:00 AM

    congratulations on your win in the contest. It is heartbreaking to see so many people, especially children, suffering and dying. And even though our tears don't make a difference to their hunger, I think our compassion - your compassion - matters. Well done! Krista

  1. Date: 8/17/2009 3:15:00 AM

    Congratulations on your win in Sami's Contest Christie. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/15/2009 8:55:00 AM

    These heart breaking words do bring tears.....so well deserving to be a winning poem in Sami's contest! Great work, Christie! ~ Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 8/15/2009 8:20:00 AM

    Congrats on your success in Sami's contest Christie.Rgds Brian

  1. Date: 8/15/2009 7:31:00 AM

    Congratulations, Christie!! A deserved recognition, great write. Ruben.

  1. Date: 6/27/2009 1:07:00 PM

    Is it a fair world? No! Makes one think, how come I'm here. Why am I comfortable? The Buddha would say it's karma, the result of things done in another life. If so, I shudder to think I might be one of those unfortunates next time around. As for 'roses' You are very perceptive. The poem is all part of a project I call "Becoming Aware." BIG LOVE, daver

  1. Date: 6/10/2009 6:10:00 PM

    ...Also thanks for your kind word on my puppet poem thing. I actually modeled the style on your writing, with ( ) the way you have them here and also the indents that you use. I like borrowing techniques I see other soupers use if it fits the concept. One more thing, I wrote something called 'The Desperate' that shares your overall message pretty closely. Just in case you wondered if you were alone in the overall helpless feeling...Thanks for sharing. -Yoni

  1. Date: 6/10/2009 6:08:00 PM

    Well said Christie. The lamenting isn't pointless. I think society needs certain wake up calls and to some extent artists do have to point out the emotional elements of everything that's wrong with world. Ultimately though it's the people with power (money) that make the call but if enough of us regular people demand it then they'll get off their asses eventually, at least I would hope...

  1. Date: 6/10/2009 12:53:00 PM

    Yes, if only. All we can do is our small part, but it won't solve the greater problem. It's too much to comprehend from where we live. Blessings on you, Christie. And, thank you for this reminder to be grateful for our overflowing bounty. Donna

  1. Date: 6/9/2009 8:06:00 PM

    It's shameful that people have to go hungry in today's world. Our "priorities" certainly leave something to be desired. This is a very profound commentary, Christie. Excellent writing that tugs at the heart and begs for solutions. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 6/9/2009 4:24:00 PM

    Extremely compassionate and soulfelt write "Precious Christie Moses!!":)~And I doubt that "Your" words are 'ever' wasted!! Just as I doubt that "Your Priceless Tears" are 'ever' wasted!!:)~Sincerely sorry that I have missed "You"~And I have missed "You!!":)~Smile? Just dealing with a few personal matters....Hope that "You & Brianna" are doing wonderfully!!?:)~"Profoundly Moving Write, Love Always, John!!":) ~

  1. Date: 6/9/2009 5:09:00 AM

    you have mail :)

  1. Date: 6/7/2009 7:23:00 AM

    From the heart Christie, you have a big one, wonderful write, love Ann.

  1. Date: 6/6/2009 9:08:00 AM

    Part of the great mystery ... who really knows what our tears affect? I'm grateful to know someone who sheds them. Don't ever become hard, or jaded and so "sophisticated" that compassion doesn't dwell within your spirit!! Awesome write here, Christie !!

  1. Date: 6/5/2009 1:20:00 PM

    Christie,..Those impoverished souls you speak of,..saddens me and many to,..yet remember,..do not question our God. Oh Christie,..I have faith,..they are suffering now because of the greed of many,..but our Jehovah promises,..they will live in paradise ! I loved this write,..though I have faith in Gods promises,..I still feel for their hurt,."The Rumbling" ! And illness,and pain, and undo labor! Love james

  1. Date: 6/5/2009 11:39:00 AM

    A Masterpiece! "yet….they still go without food…..my wailing did not end this…."...perhaps, this poem goes beyond those lovely tears, my friend. Wonderful piece, full of emotion and thought-provoking...Great work. Ruben.

  1. Date: 6/5/2009 12:01:00 AM

    Like the krielle flavour Christie,your words are full of truth.Rgds Brian & thanks for your welcome comments & kind words

  1. Date: 6/4/2009 4:28:00 PM

    Hi Christie, Such a wealth of feeling here. I have supported the United Way for years. And find nothing wrong with the honor of giving. Thank you for your comment on the "flight of the Bumblebee". It was a repost of an earlier entry into one of the contests. I had removed all of my poems, except for seven or so and someone asked to see that one replaced. -AA

  1. Date: 6/4/2009 3:58:00 PM

    You have put deep caring and feeling into these words. And oh, how nice it would be if tears could feed.Your poem made me think. Here's an interesting question,"If we lived with God as spirits in the pre-exixtence and were given the opportunity to choose our parents. (I've heard this taught.)Why did the starving choose that life?" Possible answer: Those spirits were already practically pure and needed very little testing. They, spiritually strong, provided a plight to test the rest. How'd we do?

  1. Date: 6/4/2009 1:43:00 PM

    Christie, unfortunately, all humans are not considered equal under the current system of capitalism we embrace.. $$$$ allows a sliding scale of access to comfort.....(my opinion!) therefore, inequities are everywhere... your compassionate poem beautifully describes the torment our "good" faces when helplessness rules,,,great work!! Jim

  1. Date: 6/4/2009 12:27:00 PM

    Outstanding work Christie, your use of emotion is a amazing...Raul

  1. Date: 6/4/2009 8:57:00 AM

    you speak the truth in such a compasionate way that yanks on the heart of many truth be told in your words hearts be broken but hopefully eyes will open

  1. Date: 6/4/2009 8:12:00 AM

    .... your writing, as always, is brilliant Christie and it is clear to this reader that you have dug deep to produce this poem. You can almost feel the tears hitting the page as you wrote it...

  1. Date: 6/4/2009 8:12:00 AM

    Hi Christie... it is the plight of a compassionate individuals, who see and feel the poverty of others. Feeling so guilty for having something when they have nothing. A resolution to the starving poor of the world is long, long over due from the wealthy governments of the wealthy nations. When will the human stop and look at what they have and say "I have enough, I don't need anymore than this" ... for someone to have more, someone else must always have less...

  1. Date: 6/4/2009 7:10:00 AM

    An heart felt appeal that tug our hearts so that our goodness may flow like your tears ... then your tears is not in vain ... this is the kind of poetry that I respect ... when we speak for the weak we rise above our comfort zones and find the better nature of ourselves ... an emblem of what you are to me. Bravo.

  1. Date: 6/4/2009 7:04:00 AM

    So true... and I'm really glad my family and I are able to help some of those children. Thanks for sharing Christie, I'm a fan of your work as well... and it is SO encouraging to read your lovely comments. Thank you for taking the time to read my work, and congratulations on a deep, heartfelt write.

  1. Date: 6/4/2009 5:30:00 AM

    This is an amazing write because it reveals the pain in one's heart for the least among us...you have taken a subject that is very close to me and others and put a voice to it that will make people feel....wonderful lines you have used to bring us up close and personal...shredding lives....hollow stomach..I love that..such a strong image in my mind...raging river on a congested chest...brilliant...outstanding my friend..missed your work.