Hunger Reins

Written by: Debbie Guzzi

Hunger holds the reins, stimulating or stifling,
driving the plant to bend to the sun and root deep,
herding the roe deer toward unsafe pasturing;
hunger holds the reins.

An emptiness of desire unfed, ends fitful sleep 
as moon-tossed men pull threads of sanity, hiding, 
from deep within a memory of fullness creeps; 
hunger holds the reins.

Mouths and stomachs, hearts and souls, all need minding.
Un-sated, they distort, deform, in rampant leaps, 
so feed your needs in earnest or you'll be finding,
hunger holds the reins.