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FTIAT: For this I am thankful…

Christine (Know My Worth) has an aptitude for verse that both confounds and delights my much more verbose self. While I typically read prose, I not only enjoy reading her verse but mulling it over and savoring it long after my eyes have stopped reading any one of her poems.

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For this I am thankful…

Hunger
a raw, primal siren
informing of desire
signaling a most basic need

The desire to eat
a fierce roar
in the pit of my stomach
the cravings
sweet, sour, salty
crunchy, cheesy, creamy

Choked
by self-denial
“It’s not time to eat”
“I don’t need that”

Why do I deny my desire?
Why do I ignore my primal needs?

A hunger for love
builds inside
vulnerability awakens
pulse rushes
skin tightens
breathing quickens

Thwarted
by self-denial
“I can’t risk it”
“It’s too much work”

Why do I deny my desire?
Why do I ignore my primal needs?

A hunger for faith
to believe in something
bigger than myself
to give myself over
to something I cannot see

Cut off
by self-denial

“I can’t see it”
“It doesn’t make sense”

Why do I deny my desire?
Why do I ignore my primal needs?

Honest reflection?
hunger scares me

Like a lion roaring deep within
hunger could become insatiable
hunger could become the ruler of me
my brain could disengage
primal nature take over
and hunger would consume
my every moment

But
life without hunger
is a weak and empty existence
emotionally anorexic
crouching in fear
surrounded by darkness

So I listen to my hunger
and I am fed
and I am not alone
and I find light

I will not starve myself
or live in fear
but
I embrace hunger
I embrace life
and for this
I am thankful

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  1. December 7, 2012 at 11:27 am

    Fantastic work! Without hate, one cannot appreciate love; without doubt one cannot appreciate faith, without hunger one cannot appreciate satiation – you recognised that and worded it beautifully. (And believe me, I know the benefits of experiencing lack to appreciate having – a night in a foxhole in subfreezing temperatures really brings home having a warm keister! 😀 )

    • December 8, 2012 at 12:49 pm

      So true, John! And when we fear lacking, we can prevent the having. Thank you so much for adding your thoughts.

  2. Running from Hell with El
    December 7, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    As always, loved your beautiful work, Christine!! xoxo

  3. December 8, 2012 at 5:12 am

    I. Love. This.

  4. December 8, 2012 at 7:26 am

    This is wonderful.
    “But
    life without hunger
    is a weak and empty existence
    emotionally anorexic
    crouching in fear
    surrounded by darkness”

    So very, very true. Great work Christine. Thank you for sharing Deborah.

    • December 8, 2012 at 12:53 pm

      Is it appropriate (or obnoxious) to reveal that is my favorite part? 😉 Thanks so much Lisa!

  5. December 8, 2012 at 7:56 am

    For this I am also thankful, that you put into prose what we feel.

    • December 8, 2012 at 12:54 pm

      Sweet Val, I’m so thankful for your encouragement!

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