The Haiku Challenge 2012

The Haiku Challenge 2012 – Day 26 – Food For Thought

For Day 26, the haiku challenge prompt is “Paint any one of the images” out of two images. Never one to leave out something, intentionally, at least, I will attempt to write for both. Here are the photos. They make me very sad. I cannot bear to see children suffer and especially if they go hungry. I try and do my bit to contribute regularly to the orphanages I know and hope to do a lot more in my lifetime.
Here are the two pictures. I’ll write the haiku when I am done crying.
Food for Thought I
Buds fed up with life
will they bloom? Is adulthood,
health a fantasy?

Is the staircase their 
future? If they get up where
will they go? The streets?


Food for Thought II

Beware, innocent 
child. The world is a mirage
  You are food for thought


Perfectly laid out
Platter to deceive taste-buds
Are you the main course?

Written for The Haiku Challenge 2012 – Day 26 – February 26th – Theme: Paint the Image
Inspirational Image from: Google Images, Author: Unknown

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  • Grace
    February 26, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    Very nice set…I like that you did write for both pictures.

    Much enjoyed your writing ~

    • Vidya Sury
      February 28, 2012 at 5:55 am

      Thank you,Grace! I appreciate your comment!

  • becca givens
    February 26, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    As you know, Vidya, I could not take these heart-wrenching images down the path of realism … you did better than me! Thank you for sharing your perspective.

    • Vidya Sury
      February 28, 2012 at 5:54 am

      I almost skipped this prompt, Becca. The images make me cry. I somehow managed to actually post. Sigh. Thank you, Becca!

  • Cressida de Nova
    February 27, 2012 at 1:05 am

    These are both good but the second one makes a startling impact.The exploitation of children in the third world is appalling and you make a powerful statement here.Well done!

    • Vidya Sury
      February 28, 2012 at 5:59 am

      It is terrible to see children anything but happy, Cressida!Thank you for your kind comment!

  • nicolewian
    February 26, 2012 at 8:29 pm

    Powerful last line in that first one!

    • Vidya Sury
      February 28, 2012 at 5:57 am

      Thanks, Nicole! These photos break my heart!

  • sonsylass
    February 27, 2012 at 1:22 am

    I agree with Becca, Vidya – very well done. The second has that element of interest and intrigue that makes me want to read it over again :-)

    • Vidya Sury
      February 28, 2012 at 6:00 am

      Thank you, @Sonsylass – I really appreciate your comment!

  • SweetTalkingGuy
    February 27, 2012 at 2:15 am

    Phew, you’re making me cry now! Maybe the staircase is their stairway to heaven! May god bless them!!!

    • Vidya Sury
      February 28, 2012 at 6:02 am

      Thank you, Andy. I have lots of tissue here. I hate to see children suffering!

  • Lisa @ Grandma's Briefs
    February 27, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    That first one just breaks my heart. There’s so much that we take for granted.

    • Vidya Sury
      February 28, 2012 at 6:06 am

      Dear Lisa, I know. :-( Hungry + Children just don’t make a combination for me. Thank you so much for stopping by!

  • Tarang Sinha
    February 27, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Perceptive set of haiku, especially the first two:)

    • Vidya Sury
      March 3, 2012 at 11:39 am

      Thank you so much, Tarang!

  • Kimberly
    February 27, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    This made me so incredibly sad.
    Those poor beautiful children. I want to just reach through the computer screen and love on them.

    • Vidya Sury
      February 28, 2012 at 6:08 am

      That is because you’re such a wonderful person, Kimberly! Thank you for your beautiful thought! Hugs!

  • zephyr
    February 28, 2012 at 1:37 am

    Raw and gnawing — as hunger, as pain. They are indeed the main course. I am crying, Vidya.

    • Vidya Sury
      February 28, 2012 at 6:10 am

      I know, Zephyr. Scenes like the first picture are all too common, too real for comfort. The tears flow unchecked for me.

      Glad you dropped by!

  • My Inner Chick
    February 28, 2012 at 2:03 pm

    Vidya,
    You continually move me & cause me to ponder.

    Thank you for your friendship, beauty, & love.

    Xxx

    • Vidya Sury
      March 3, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Darling Kim, I so appreciate your love and warmth. Thank you so much!

  • Someone is Special
    February 28, 2012 at 11:38 pm

    powerful words Vidya.. :-)

    • Vidya Sury
      March 3, 2012 at 11:40 am

      Thank you, Saravana!

  • zongrik
    February 29, 2012 at 12:53 am

    is their staircase their future? very grim indeed

    • Vidya Sury
      March 3, 2012 at 11:41 am

      Yes! Bat-Ami – scary thought. But that’s life around us. Too common for our comfort. Thanks for visiting!