Friday, March 1, 2013

Empty


The social worker told her it would be weeks before she would receive assistance. Leaving the county office, she wondered what she would do until that time. She had babes to feed, including the one still growing inside of her. 

Tired and defeated, she put her hungry, little children into the decrepit old car. On the long ride home, the only sound was empty stomachs.


The Prompt: Empty

37 comments:

  1. Ann, that's so simple and yet so touching - similar yet a direct contrast to my story this week.

    It takes a lot to defeat a mother which makes you feel this is the end of a story rather than a begining.

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    1. Sadly, this is the state of things for too many. The choices we make for ourselves always affect others, and it has even more impact when children are affected.

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  2. ps - tried to follow by email but it said feedburner wasn't working properly and to try later which I will :)

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    1. I think it is working now. Please let me know. Thanks!

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    2. It is and I'm now following via email :)

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  3. The words say it...the photo says it...

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    1. Thanks Patty. This was a difficult one.

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  4. Your FFS endeavor for this week really hits hard as it states a sad reality that we face in many areas of this country everyday. A reality which creates obstacles in the way as we try to help those in dire need of help; and leaving those who are in need of this help feeling empty and all alone.

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    1. Exactly. My poetry reflects this kind of reality. I tend to write the things that are real because that it what I see. It isn't easy, but it is the reality.

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  5. Sadly this is happening all across the world.

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    1. It is, and it is happening right here in our own country, our own towns.

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  6. Now I want to hear more! Yes, sadly this is happening in our own country and getting worse.

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    1. Suffer the little children. This hits close to home with me. Animals and children.

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  7. That's so sad ... well scripted nevertheless !!!

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    1. Thank you. It is sad that things like this happen.

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  8. It's happening here in the UK too..very touching piece

    Have a lovely weekend ;-)

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    1. It is an epidemic, and very sad. Thank you for your thoughts. I appreciate them.

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  9. This is being played out too often across this world. It's a sad state of affairs. Very well written.

    have a terrific day. ☺

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    1. I agree. Thank you. I appreciate your thoughts.

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  10. Well done, McGuffy Ann. So few words, but so descriptive of a problem that is much too common.

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  11. Very succinctly put and moving, simple words convey the truth.

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    1. Thank you, Lisa. Your comments are appreciated.

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  12. Sadly, all too common. Very moving piece.

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  13. This is just so scary; far too many people in need and in poverty in the 21st century. You got your point across very succinctly. xx

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  14. Oh my goodness how sad yet unfortunately the story for many. It can be such a cruel world.

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    1. I tend to write from observation and reality. Life can be cruel.

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  15. wonderfully written. you captured this moment of angst very well.

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    1. Thank you. I appreciate your thoughts!

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  16. Simply told but very moving. Well done.

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  17. This is a very powerful piece. It's heart wrenching to know that people can still be in this position.

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  18. Very sad. Well told over the five sentences. Well done!

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  19. This piece is so well crafted! A truly sad story, with many layers, told so beautifully in such a short space. Awesome job!!!

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