A collage of situations
in an unfortunate corner of the world
lying forsaken by nature’s merciful gestures,
where dried up rivers and barren lands
morph as dark clouds of death hovering above lives,
and human apparitions with protruded bones, sunken eyes and empty stomachs
keep begging for a drop of water or a scrap of food,
as they try to wade through the menacing darkness of the night
even if light is nowhere near in sight.
in the kitchen of a dimly lit home
aromas of spices waft through the chimney,
bringing an entire family together in anticipation
of sharing a humble supper cooked with love,
which is their only reward for a day’s grueling work
and it reflects as satisfaction in plates licked clean,
as they welcome sleep with prayers of gratitude
and shards of hope lighting up their dreams.
elegant foods adorn ornate tables
where the privileged few who have the luxury of choice,
keep piling variety of delicacies on their plates
to sample and then to nonchalantly discard,
those which don’t suit their preferences
which are then thrown to overflowing trash bags.
a farmer who fights daily battles with his land
watches the image of rats having a feast in the dumpsters,
and mourns the days of labor so mindlessly scorned
without an ounce of consideration for the effort involved,
as he wipes away tears of sheer helplessness,
for himself and a land that responded to his sweat.
©2017 Anjana Vipin E