Place Bust-a-Rhyme Poetry Contest Winner, 2009
The African sun blazing down on his shoulders,
A dry throat begging for water.
A photographer walks along... looking...
Looking for refuge in a UN food base.
His camera in hand.
Thoughts of a warm meal
And a full belly.
Careless in thought,
Comes across a bundle.
He thinks it's an animal and comes close.
The child's head is so swollen,
Her belly so bloated,
Her body so weak,
She can only crawl.
Thoughts of a simple bread meal
Bring joy to her spirit
Shocked at the sight
Takes a picture...
Takes a picture and walks away...
Walks away with a broken heart...
A broken heart who did not help
A poor child being stalked by a waiting vulture.
I see this picture and cry
For a child who had nothing
For a man with no heart
I feel pity for a child
Crawling in a barren world.