The Haiku Challenge 2012 – Day 26 – Food For Thought

Feb 26

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

    Much enjoyed your writing ~

  2. 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.

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

  3. Cressida de Nova /

    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!

  4. Powerful last line in that first one!

  5. sonsylass /

    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 :-)

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

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

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

  8. Perceptive set of haiku, especially the first two:)

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

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

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

    • 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!

  11. My Inner Chick /

    You continually move me & cause me to ponder.

    Thank you for your friendship, beauty, & love.


  12. powerful words Vidya.. :-)

  13. is their staircase their future? very grim indeed

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