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two enemies

I have two enemies in all the world,
Two twins, inseparably
pooled:
The hunger of the hungry and the fullness of the full.

This little poem I recently came across by Marina Tsvetaeva well describes my own feelings. After 40 years of walking along side the poor and hungry I still cannot reconcile myself to the apathy of those that have sufficient resources yet refuse to help those of our family in need. Here is an equally short poem I wrote over 30 years ago.

Hunger is an obscenity,
a four-letter word
scrawled across the lives of millions
by those that could, but do not share.