At first it gnaws fiercely inside.
That is to be expected,
but soon hunger gives up and keeps quiet without raising its hackles.
It shows up later,
as frequent headaches,
a persistent brain fog,
but you don’t see it creep up,
somewhat like the myopia.
Until that day you could read well,
but then all you could remember was the headaches
that went away with a visit to the optometrist
Oh!,that’s just your eyes
he says and slaps on a pair of glasses
and expects your headaches to disappear.
You don’t remember your vision steadily declining,
and as far as you knew it was always fine,
and then bam! Just like that
you begin to see fuzzyblurry words
and the more you try to focus
the worse your headache gets.
Back to Hunger…
Water seems to quell hunger…
A fantastic,perhaps grotesque idea
but what if all the hunger in the world could be quelled by water.
It would be temporary,
just like hunger quelled by food,
so there would be no difference.
Now all we had to do was provide clean water
and pray for world peace.
As one gets used to hunger,
it loses its bite
and after a while,
and with enough water
one can ignore it,
and every now and then
let it nibble inside,and gnaw
and rest for a while,and gnaw again
In Spanish, they say ‘tengo hambre’…I have hunger.
It is not the same as in English.
In English you say ‘I am hungry’…
Other European languages somehow capture the truth
when they claim ‘I have hunger’
Where do you have hunger,
is it In you,On you or Over you ,
dangling like a proverbial sword of Damocles?
Do you have hunger or does it have you?
‘Tengo hambre’…repeat the mantra…I have hunger.
It is in me.
It makes me sleepy,forgetful and irritable.
It makes me cranky,grouchy,sombre.
But it’s a well matched fight.
And I still have hunger
but it does not have me.