Sunday, October 16, 2011

160 - food for thought (#BAD11)


i write poems in my breakfast
between hash brown & ketchup

egg wash on toast
salt & peppered to taste

opulence unafforded

17 thousand children

dying
hungry
daily

What can you say in 160 characters? Go tell Monkey.


Today is Blog Action Day as well, where once a year bloggers around the world focus on global issues. This year the topic is food. I used to change the channel when I saw the infomercials, but it is harder to explain to real faces than to statistics. 

There are many practical ways to help. I had a chance to hang out with these guys for a couple years and they have dedicated their music to making a difference. Their website provides some practical links to help.

71 comments:

Bonnie said...

That poem just rips at one's heart ... as it should to make the point.

TechnoBabe said...

Breaks my heart knowing how many people do not have food. This is such a crime in the world and it could be turned around in a day. Generosity vs selfishness.

Betsy said...

Such a great cause..and most don't realize it happens in our own backyards. I'll check out the link....

DJan said...

So many people go to bed hungry and wake up hungry, all over the world. It's criminal, because there IS enough food...

Teri said...

The things most of us take for granted that are not afforded so many is horrifying. Thank you for keeping it in the forefront of out minds. We need to be more grateful for what we have.

David Allen Waters said...

And I complain when I don't have the type of steak in my freezer I want :(

well written my friend

JeannetteLS said...

Thank you for this poem... and for mentioning what this day IS. I had already made my entry for today, but there is nothing that says we cannot take this issue to heart and commit to writing an entry in the coming days and weeks that addresses an issue we rarely look at in this country. We look at it only in Africa, it seems...

Your blog, Brian, has SO much in it that makes me think beyond my shut in walls, and I am grateful for finding you. Truly. I'm just sayin'...

Fred said...

Something most take for granted everyday, food and hunger, is a real issue on the global level that perhaps it's that terrible idea of "if it isn't happening in my backyard it's not happening" but if people would stop to look around, it probably is happening in their backyard as well- if they'd only travel to certain sections of the city- you know, the ones people always tell them to avoid at all costs. Great write Brian, very important read, thanks

happygirl said...

Ketchup on hashbrowns?
There is so much hurt in the world and so little compassion.

Alice Audrey said...

It's cool to see a band with a conscience, especially when they have follow through. Personally, I like Seva. They let me pick what to donate, from animals to grain, to literally the kitchen sink.

Pat Hatt said...

17,000 every day wow that is huge indeed
Never knew of this day until I came to your feed
To be truthful thanks to all those infomercials and such I am less inclined to think of it happening in my own backyard but of course it does take place everywhere
That kind of number just raises ones neck hair
With rising prices will only get worse
Another reason greed is a curse

the walking man said...

Hey don't worry the fake christmas trees are already in the stores so there will be more important things to think about very soon Candy for Halloween anyone?

Lolamouse said...

So sad that people go hungry when so much food is just being thrown away. Great poem. You manage to say so much in a few words.

Mama Zen said...

This breaks my heart.

secret agent woman said...

True, and sad.

Anyes said...

In this day and age having children dying of hunger is such a shame. Thank you for the links, Brian

California Girl said...

you say a great deal in 160.

Sub-Radar-Mike said...

I always get torn with situations like that... save everyone, and your problem compounds... eventually there will not be enough food for anyone if you save everyone, and that reality is the hardest truth for me to face.

adeeyoyo said...

It is unbearable to think that there is really no need for people to go hungry while others waste food.

Christine said...

True, I feel rotten about myself when I throw food away. And I can't stand it when people use the phrase "I'm starving, I need to go for lunch" Really?

Sue said...

A powerful and disturbing use of your 160.

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Tara Miller said...

It's so easy to get caught up in our own lives and forget others in such desperate need. I would never want anyone to go hungry - it's sad how rampant it is even right here in our own backyard. Thanks love for writing about this and reminding me to reach out beyond my immediate realm of comfort.

lori said...

Thanks for highlighting such an important cause. I'm off to check out all the links here...

farmlady said...

We forget... with our supermarkets and organic food frenzies, that there are some places in the world that have nothing and when you think about holding a baby that's starving to death it's beyond any argument or reason to the contrary.
Thank you for this reminder... in your own amazing way.

Mary said...

Point well made, Brian! Powerfully stated.

Tabor said...

Wow, you said a lot in such a few words. You are good at this exercise. Recuperate? You have to read my One Day at a Time blog for the rest of the story.

Jeff said...

A powerful post in a few words and a strong image

Pat said...

You certainly get your point across in just a handful of words.

Heaven said...

I appreciate the reminder of those needing food and basic necessities, which we take for granted.

Thanks for the inspiration ~

HyperCRYPTICal said...

Powerful stuff in a few words Brian. It is easy in our comfortable little words to be remote from suffering, too easy.

Anna :o]

izzy said...

Great job- Hunger is horrible.

Louise said...

I didn't know about this event until your tweet ..thank you, Brian. Just heartbreaking...I've written my own poem ...used the same title though...hope ok :)

Daniel said...

I think like this from time to time and then start to feel guilty for what I have. I know that guilt is not from God and I should enjoy his blessing. But the seed from which the guilt grew is something that spurs me to give generously to the local food drives that we have at work and church.

MMm.. said...

Brian, we msut never forget those struggling for even food. In fact just a few nights ago I was reading through my World Vision pamphlet and so wishing I had more cash to give a way--just what $100 would do--provide two chickens and a goat--non stop supply of eggs, protein and milk for two whole families. So, yes, this issue really touches me.

On another note, with Hot Toast and Jam closing, I appreciated your comment and will still be visiting just not as much (as if I have been that frequent anyway) as one might expect when hosting a personal blog, verses an art one.

Let me just say then, thank you for your persona prayers and continued support from afar all along the way! More appreciated than you can know, I'm sure. Also, your xmas tea contributions added so much to those events. TY. Very funny.

Wishing you the best until we chat again.

ayala said...

Thank you for writing about this. A subject I have always felt passionate about. I pray awareness continues to grow on this important issue.

Sophia said...

It's amazing how many starving people there are in this world, even the stats in America.

Hope you are doing well.

Goofball said...

well at least try to finish your plate and don't trow out food idly

Kate Hanley said...

It's amazing what you can say in 160 words. I hear you about the issues. Somedays I wonder if I am putting my energy toward solving the right problem when there are so many out there. Hunger, though, especially when it's right here in the richest country in the world...it breaks my heart.

Who Is Afraid Of Miss Lovett? No, Mrs.Lovett... said...

Hi! Brian...
Food for Thought...indeed!
Once again, your very poetic 160 words sums up the hunger that affect millions Of people [in this entire world no matter where you live] daily.

[Note:I think that is what the protesters... {I rather refer to them as American citizens who are tired Of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer and the middle class...[Who are one paycheck away from being homeless]
...are trying to bring attention to the plight Of those who are
"suffering" in this country too!
Cont...

Who Is Afraid Of Miss Lovett? No, Mrs.Lovett... said...

"opulence unafforded 17 thousand children
dying
hungry
daily"

Thanks, for sharing the links and...

"I used to change the channel when I saw the infomercials, but it is harder to explain to real faces than to statistics.

...Thanks, for sharing your true feeling with your readers today.
deedee :-(

gayle said...

So sad! And to think of the food I waste weekly:(

william said...

indeed, mate too much waste, an excellent message in this one :)

Amy Sullivan said...

Perfect poem to go along with Blog Action Day.

The Old Raven said...

Brian This poem is moving and poignant. Thank you for informing me of the Bloggers day. I shall book mark it.

Mijayami said...

Proof that it only takes a few well-spoken words to make a point -- and draw attention to an earnest cause. Well done.

Susan Kane said...

Excellent poem. I have made resolutions to be more active in the community when it comes to donations and helping with food distribution.

Magpie said...

A worthy cause to bring to people's attention. We need to wipe out childhood hunger.

Ann (bunnygirl) said...

Thought-provoking. There are so many barriers to equitable distribution of food, and so many of them were put in place by our own kind.

Bish Denham said...

Poignant poem Brian. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

Claudia said...

it's so easy to forget when we're caught up in our own lives.. we've "adopted" a child in a children's home in india so she can have food, a home and an education but sometimes i think we don't even need to go as far as india nowadays..

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Very well said!

missing moments said...

great cause, great words ... thanks for making us aware!

KB said...

And there was me complaining that I was hungry earlier. Thanks for the reminder.

SueAnn said...

It has always been hard for me to wrap my head around this. How can we have so many starving people in the world!!?? It is a crime of huge proportions for sure!!
We just need to share with one another....that is all that it would take!!
Let us wipe out hunger!!
This year!!
Hugs
SueAnn

blueviolet said...

We really take it for granted, don't we?

Valerie said...

I dare not get on my soap box about this... and the causes for it.

Cheryl said...

Nicely done, Brian. It's a sad commentary on our world.

Kulio said...

you write poems "in your breakfast"... you might have used the word "in" instead of "during" because you were saving characters, or because you really meant that you write poems in your breakfast by..thinking them, or that eating your breakfast IS a poem, especially when you realize how many go without, or all three, or none. I love art :-)

Hope said...

one of the many long standing issues of this world expressed very well by your talent Brian!

take care!

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Jill from Killeny Glen said...

TO THE POINT Brian! Straight to the point. A reminder NEEDED.

Cool link...like the music too.

hedgewitch said...

Yeah--I spend my life dieting, while thousands are just trying to get something to fill their bellies so they can sleep. Well said, Brian.

Laurie Kolp said...

Effective... great pic, too.

Adura Ojo said...

Really like this. Cold reality just stares us in the face. Beats (cold) egg any time:)

ds said...

Thank you.

Heather said...

Perfect. I will visit the link! I am finally getting back around to everyone...after the weekend! Hope you are well! :)

Caty said...

So much said in a 160!

Zuzana said...

Well, in any case, I can not say anything nearly as poignant as you can say, using 160 characters...
This is sadness personified...
xoxo

Lorraine said...

heartbreaking breakfeast....Jesus

Myrna R. said...

I'm sighing. Not much I can say. You enrich my conscience.

Monkey Man said...

Had breakfast yesterday with a man raising money to help build 100 houses in Haiti in one week with Habitat. "Basic" housing. Shelter. Much needed, yet what we so take for granted...just like your breakfast. Thanks for playing along with the Sunday 160.