Sunday, October 5, 2014

Hunger


As the shadows settle into night, the old man and dog find a place together. In darkness, they scavenge bits and scraps of food out of overflowing truck stop dumpsters.

Eating from paper plates of dirty newspaper, the pair celebrates filling their stomachs for another night. Food devoured quickly, the two friends then burrow into a threadbare sleeping bag seeking warmth together.

From the cold hollow pit of their stomachs, they each know nights are getting longer as life gets shorter.



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Lillie McFerrin Writes
Prompt: Hunger

27 comments:

  1. How so very sad but it's more reality than fiction...
    Hugs,
    JB

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  2. A lovely five-sentence story, and so happy that the dog and the man have each other at least. Have a great Sunday.

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  3. A very simply written yet powerful piece - by choice of words; the sense of loss and loneliness - hunger driven of necessity is clear. :)

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  4. Heartbreaking, because of the truth in your words.

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  5. Very true and very sad...

    Noodle and crew

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  6. very nice job, your story calls us out to pay more attention to those who live amongst us in such despair, but still find the compassion and love to take care our their companion, even if none of us take care of them. Great take on the prompt, love it!

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  7. Somber....simple....dark.....your writing at its best bringing up a myriad of emotions.

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  8. To have companionship in times such as those - priceless... Homeless people that I have seen seem to care for their canine companions very well. Truly valued friendships.

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  9. You have painted the picture so beautifully! Loved the description!

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  10. This was beautiful, Ann. It really did seem to go hand in hand with my post. God bless you!

    Cheryl

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  11. Excellent story with a great message. Winter will be around the corner any week now and one has feel doubly bad for the homeless.

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  12. Oh, so sad ---
    In my hometown there's been a sudden surge of homeless people with signs asking for money - I worry so much about them. Thank you for keeping these folks in our vision when they tend to be pushed out of the way ....

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  13. Beautifully written and heartbreaking. Your story is a good reminder to be extra-generous to the homeless -- both two legged and four!

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  14. Everyone needs warmth and shelter!

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  15. This is so good, it hurts. Know what I mean?

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  16. Sad, but thats the reality. Nice take on the prompt

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  17. Good one! Enjoyed the read very much.

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  18. So sad, but beautiful words.

    Purrs xx
    Athena and Marie

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  19. Very poignant!!!

    What I feel is the unconditional love the dog has for his master.

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  20. It makes me sad knowing there are people in America who live like this. Some try to change their circumstances while others seem to not care at all. I would not want to be in a situation like this ever. Thought-provoking, moving words!

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  21. So sad and so true. At church we are having an emphasis on World Hunger lately and it's very startling the number of people who go hungry every day.

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  22. ah, so very sad. but I take a strange comfort in knowing that, at the very least, they have each other.

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  23. This one hurts...and it is so true for too many.

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