Food-insecure Condition (FIC) by Tony French

a mother’s arms
the thinnest of threads
give comfort to a child
her breasts
the only sustenance

death is a simple statistic

her tears will flood
the marble of mosques
and spires of cathedrals
that celebrate mankind
ignoring the needs of the hungry

listen and you will hear
– the crying of a child
lasts longer than a prayer

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