Desperation | Teen Ink


April 3, 2013
By KatsK DIAMOND, Saint Paul, Minnesota
KatsK DIAMOND, Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Favorite Quote:
Being inexhaustible, life and nature are a constant stimulus for a creative mind.
~Hans Hofmann
You must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.
~Ray Bradbury

You stare up at me,
shallow bodies and kaleidoscope eyes
sadness embedded in your mothers'
frail movements
you don't know
you could die

lyrics twist around my head
do something
make a difference
I watch your starving eyes absorb
the barren dirt
as if it holds beauty
and run around, playing tag
like nothing else matters

I look in the mirror
vines wind a tangled
of lies
around me
It's not your fault
You're powerless

I touch my high cheekbones,
watch my dark almond eyes
I was a starving child
in Africa
who didn't get any of the sandwiches
they refused to eat
in a better world
I am one of you,
one of the many
entrenched in desperation,
reeking of poverty and sweat
I ate mud in arid weather,
I would live another day

The author's comments:
Inspired by one of Rarely Jaded's poetry contests, the topic being word hunger.

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on Mar. 10 2014 at 2:33 pm
lala19971 BRONZE, Fulton, Maryland
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This is a really great poem! I like the imagery you used to parallel the desperation.

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