Friday, November 18, 2011

Flash Fiction 55: 11/18/11 : It Was Time To Get Up

                                                    Photo by Dorothea Lange      ( Posted for Poetry Jam)

The cupboard was bare
as the ragged edge of her sleeve

some potatoes lay on the hill
tumbled in dry earth.

She knew her two children
were ready for food;

she could feel and hear rumbles of
empty hunger against her shoulders.


Wyatt had gone hunting
maybe squirrel or rabbit

would soon grace the pot.

12 comments:

Brian Miller said...

and even they seem a little scarcer this year...nice mix of PJ in your 55...you capture the look well...

Steve E said...

...and some of us have to wait until end of November each year, to again become aware of these Peeps, who go to sleep (wherever) stomachs growling, paining.

So we buy a "turkey with all the trimmings" for one family. That might hold them for what? Two days? Thankfully, Christmas--and their next BIG, FULL MEAL is only few weeks away.

What happens on, say, March 18th, or August 21st (random dates!)

Yeah..."The poor we shall have always with us!"

Sorry for soft-ranting. REALLY nice '55'...

PEACE!

Helen said...

You have combined two challenging prompts ... producing a thought-provoking poem!

G-Man said...

Izzy...
Very powerful post!
Especially with the upcoming Holidays.
Loved your 55
Thanks for playing, and have a Kick Ass Week-End

cooloceanwaves said...

great 55.

Enchanted Oak said...

That rabbit or squirrel line got me, Izzy.

Lydia said...

One of the world's most remarkable photographs, that one. Your poem is wonderfully descriptive of the scene. :)

Carrie Burtt said...

Love your capturing of the photo Izzy....wonderful writing!

The Bug said...

My brother in law used to shoot squirrels for dinner - their kids still to this day don't know they weren't eating chicken!

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

Nice post!.. Wish they never have to wait for long...

JJRod'z

Margaret said...

she could feel and hear rumbles of
empty hunger against her shoulders

Yes, their little faces turned to her shoulders for comfort, protection, love, hope ... lets hope she had it to give.

Powerful prompt this week as it is Thanksgiving.

Morning said...

moving, wow.

amazing imagery with details on hunger and more.