The Haiku Challenge 2012 – Day 26 – Food For Thought

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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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26 Comments

  1. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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!

  7. 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!

  8. 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!

  9. 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!

  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 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!