Hunger

I had a bumper sticker on my station wagon:  Don’t Feed the Animals.  And in my station wagon were five happy kids. It was a joke then, but now we’re living in it.  I peel away at that damn sticker every day.


42 Comments Hunger

  1. Jen June 23, 2014 at 8:23 am

    This was cute at first but then totally sad! I love the double emotion you created.

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    1. Meg June 24, 2014 at 11:38 pm

      Thanks, Jen. Good thing you didn’t see the other piece I wrote for this (and then trashed) — it was even gloomier! Appreciate the comment and the read.

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  2. Kir Piccini June 23, 2014 at 9:18 am

    “peel away at the sticker” is such a telling line. I felt tears spring to my eyes.

    a well written take on the prompt.

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    1. Meg June 24, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      Thanks so much, Kir. Really enjoyed your Gargleblaster too.

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      1. Kir Piccini June 25, 2014 at 12:59 pm

        Congratulations on the win..it was so well deserved.

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        1. Meg June 25, 2014 at 1:14 pm

          Aww, thanks, Kir!

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  3. blainecindy June 23, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Wow! Quite thought-provoking. Nicely done.

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    1. Meg June 24, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      Thanks for reading and commenting! Very kind of you.

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    1. Meg June 24, 2014 at 11:39 pm

      Yeah, sorry. 😉

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  4. glasgowdragonfly June 23, 2014 at 11:23 am

    I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry about your animal feeding! Really smart direction with the prompt! 🙂

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    1. Meg June 24, 2014 at 11:40 pm

      Do both! 😉 Thanks for the read and comment!

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  5. Kathy Combs (@Kathy29156) June 23, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    In just a few words the story twisted from happy to sad. Brilliantly crafted. I simply loved your clever take on the prompt. ♥

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    1. Meg June 24, 2014 at 11:43 pm

      Thanks a bunch, Kathy. I had another one in which a nurse makes the sign of the cross (the former Catholic in me couldn’t resist) and then the patient dies. I thought this one was cheerier. LOL. 😉

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  6. ContactRida June 23, 2014 at 12:27 pm

    very sad but true commentary on hunger in America and across the globe. excellent story!

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    1. Meg June 24, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      Thanks so much for reading and commenting, Rida.

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  7. GennaClaire June 23, 2014 at 2:48 pm

    So good, as always. You’re a master of the gargleblaster. This one is great.

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    1. Meg June 24, 2014 at 11:44 pm

      Awww, thank you, Genna. And thanks for the follow! <3

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  8. Marcy June 23, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I love the story you managed to tell. It pulled my emotions in several different directions.

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    1. Meg June 24, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      Thanks so much, Marcy. I’m glad you liked it.

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  9. fatgirlinboxinggloves June 23, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Beautiful and poignant. Your writing always makes me pause and reflect.

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    1. Meg June 24, 2014 at 11:45 pm

      You are too kind, Karen, as always. Thanks for reading!

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    1. Meg June 24, 2014 at 11:47 pm

      Yay! I don’t think I’ve ever done a twist-y move before. Funny how they don’t read the same way to the author as they do to others (because the surprise element is gone). I wasn’t expecting that. Thanks so much, Susan.

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  10. searchingforsubstance June 23, 2014 at 8:37 pm

    love the last line. heartbreaking. a truth for so many families. thanks for sharing about hunger and poverty, in 42 words.

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    1. Meg June 24, 2014 at 11:48 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind, thoughtful comment.

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  11. Silverleaf June 23, 2014 at 9:16 pm

    This is amazing. You ARE a master! Your last line is such a perfect closer.

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    1. Meg June 24, 2014 at 11:48 pm

      I’m so glad you like it! Thank you!

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  12. Jo-Anne Teal (@jtvancouver) June 23, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    Darn those earlybird visitors who’ve taken my comments!

    I too had a two step reaction to your post. At first, I laughed and then reality settled in for how that would be. There is an edge to your last line which is perfect, powerful and filled with humour and frustration.

    Well done!!

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    1. Meg June 24, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      Wow. Thank you, Jo-Anne. Glad that line is edgy. It should be, you know?

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  13. C.C. June 23, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Ouch! You really packed a punch with that sticker line! So vivid.

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    1. Meg June 24, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      Thank you, C.C.! Really appreciate your reading and commenting.

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  14. Melanie L. June 23, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    I love the twist in so few lines. Very powerful subject, very well done!

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    1. Meg June 24, 2014 at 11:51 pm

      Thank you, Melanie! I’m so glad it resonated.

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  15. April C. June 24, 2014 at 9:49 am

    The twist is like a slap across the face, that’s how abrupt it was. Such a painful subject but you nailed the emotion of it for sure. Great piece.

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    1. Meg June 24, 2014 at 11:58 pm

      Thanks, April. As I noted in a comment above, I’m surprised that there was a twist at the end — but that’s because I knew it was there. So I keep finding myself surprised by other’s surprise. Writing is funny.

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  16. innatejames June 24, 2014 at 1:37 pm

    Wow! A complete before and after shot in 4 sentences. So well crafted, Meg, and all of it pivoting on a bumper sticker.

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    1. Meg June 25, 2014 at 12:00 am

      Aww, thanks, Nate. I think I’ve said it before — you do my heart good. Grateful for your thoughtful reading and comments.

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  17. saroful June 24, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    I save your posts for last because I need to go through them four or five times to squeeze every drop of stark beauty out of your words.

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    1. Meg June 25, 2014 at 12:01 am

      Wow. ::blush:: I’m so honored by this comment. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

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  18. malaika June 24, 2014 at 8:41 pm

    by far, my favorite! (can I say that? lol) you’re such a terrific writer and a great inspiration for me. there’s so much about this that i love. mostly that your voice and style are uncomplicated and honest. it pulls me right it! again, bravo!!

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    1. Meg June 25, 2014 at 12:03 am

      Hah! You’re so sweet, Malaika. I really, really liked your poem this week. You inspire me! Thanks a bunch.

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