Binge and Purge

Update 7/22/2012

I've added a video and a listing of organizations which will hopefully prompt you to action.

JWP




we lie in our beds

of satin and silk

our bellies are full

of honey and milk

and we digest our binges

with moving images


we see them smile

despite their pain

as we max out the Visa

on toys and games

we watch them pass away

and we can't stay awake


we sleep walk

and with eyes closed

we stoop down to vomit.





all rights reserved. copyright Justin W. Price, 2006. First revision copyright November 29, 2011


If you're reading this, you're the one percent!

Thanks for Reading.

PDXKaraokeGuy, also known as Justin W. Price, is an author with Sweatshoppe Publications, which will soon re-release his poetry collection, Digging to China. Additionally, the managing editor at eFiction horror and The New Bridge online newspaper.. Husband to Andrea, father to two dogs. writer.poet.baseball fan. tattooed. He is am amateur theologian with a rabid sweet tooth. He resides in a suburb of Portland, Oregon.He has a poetry book available for Amazon Kindle, and also maintains a blog, FirstBlog. His work has been featured in the Crisis Chronicles, efiction Magazine, The Hellroaring Review, the Bellwether Review, eFiction Humor, and the Rusty Nail. Please visit his profile page for more information. Thanks!

This song and video are heartbreaking

A great song dealing with a similar subject

"'Cause we don't have time, here at the top of the world/ Ya, we're doin alright, here at the top of the world"

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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Amen, Michelle. And so true!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thansk for sharing your story, Karn. Sometimes I think it's a damn shame we have so much in this great country. We don't appreciate it. A fresh meal is just a grocery store or phone call away. I'm glad we have plenty, but when we waste what we have when much of the world is starving, it makes me sick.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 3 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks iguidenetwork. One of my great pet peeves is waste. In this land of plenty, to see stuff be wasted, just makes me vomit.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

It is a nightmare. Others starve, while we starve ourselves on purpose. In this country people stave themselves to death. So they can look like the models on TV.


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

no mincing of words here! Bravo, sir!

Personally - i'm offended by binging and have never been capable of doing so - in any arena!

First i was a competitive gymnast where they tried to teach me how to binge/purge - and i wasn't able..

then..i worked in a high-end fashion boutique - and watched rich folks binge on not ONE $1,500.00 PURSE, but two- and sometimes even THREE!

i had to quit - i could not stop thinking of the waste - the greed -AND the fact that people were homeless and starving probably not half a block down the street..

HOW can we change these mindsets? WHY can't we be satisfied with just one? or better yet - NONE?

voting and sharing on, as it ought to be!


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iguidenetwork 3 years ago from Austin, TX

That's why we should be thankful on what we have; never complain of what we already have; and never take anything that cannot be used or otherwise will be wasted away. Beautiful poem, this should be a wake-up for all of us. Voted up and beautiful.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks so much Rahul


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks for sharing your story, Matthew and what a brave woman your wife is! The older I getm the simpler I live and the less tolerance I have for waste. There's a white hummer at my apartment complex. I live in the suburbs of the Pacific Northwest. What the hell does anyone need a hummer here for... and who can afford it with gas? It makes me sick every time I see it.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Victoria. I appreciate the votes!


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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

So much put in simple words!

Brilliant piece of poetry!


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J.S.Matthew 4 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

Beautiful words Justin! We take a lot for granted here in the US and we create a lot of waste. We often turn a blind eye to others suffering around us. We outsource cheap labor at the exploitation of others. My wife grew up in war-torn Cambodia and survived living in 4 refugee camps in as many years. You have created something so simple, yet so very deep and true. Thanks for speaking up for those we see but do not acknowledge. I really appreciate this and give it highest honors...

JSMatthew~


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Wow, you really hit it hard. It's so true. Many of us are so spoiled in our every day lives. This poem is powerful and makes us think. Well done. Many votes.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

When I see Hummers or people sending food back at restaurants or anything like that, I just get so mad at the waste. We're spoiled here in America


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks so much cloudexplorer. I appreciate the comments!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Sunnie Day, waste infuriates me. That's one of the reasons I don't want kids... they waste so much in food, resources and time.


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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

How sad that the people who can fix this, won't! We see it and cry but we don't know why it has to be this way day after day. God help those children, both around the world and in our own country. Voted up and useful.


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CloudExplorer 4 years ago from New York City

It's tough this life we live, but there's always someone who has it worse off then another person or group in life. Great display of poetic writing talent here, and was also god awfully realistic, and true to life. Thanks PDX for sharing it with us. voted up!


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

Justin,

This was so touching and your are spot on. I too do not like waste or greed. This was profound and goes straight to the heart.

Sunnie


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Chris, yo're welcome. Waste makes me sad and angry, especially in light of the fact that most of the world is at or below the poverty level. I actually blogged about it...http://pdxjpricefirstblog.blogspot.com/2012/02/who...


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Scarface1300 4 years ago

If only Governments read Hub-Pages they may find out what we think of this terrible state of obscenity that is going on. But I dont think they would care. Thank you for enlightening me on this work. Its a sad old World ...........Chris


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PDXKaraokeGuy 4 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thank you for reading, Sky. it's important, indeed


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Sky9106 4 years ago from A beautiful place on earth.

Beautiful poem depicting a solemn cry to the human awareness . A nd yes we blindly pass by while the children cry.

A beautiful poem PDX.

GIVE THANKS AND BLESSINGS.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

ardie, same thing with diamonds. It's always important to remember those less fortunate. Enjoy your blessings, but don't forget those who aren't as blessed :-) Thanks for stopping by!


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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland

Yikes, this makes me reconsider my shopping habits for my children during the holidays... Truth hurts and this one was a big old slap to the face.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

that's very true, rasta. Thanks for commenting!


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rasta1 5 years ago from Jamaica

One of the methods of becoming rich is by hoarding resources and avoid sharing because this depletes resources.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Sue, thank you so much. I remember as a little boy seeing those images on TV and just crying and crying.


Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi PDX

Powerful words. Sad but true.

Voted up and awesome.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

lyricwriter, I actually gave a speech about the homeless in America for my high school graduation. However, the song was inspired by watching the gluttonous Americans waste food and luxury while little children starve to death.thank you for your comment. I agree with you 100 hundred percent.

MM- thanks for reading and commenting


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Powerful stuff and sadly true, good writing and voted up.


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thelyricwriter 5 years ago from West Virginia

A great poem with meaning PDX. Votes up. Truth is, we have starving children everywhere, even America. I see all these donation programs feeding children in Africa and other places. Most of them are from America. I see nothing wrong with this, but why not feed America as well? The sad part, no child has to go to bed hungry. Yet, they do. There is way more then enough food around to feed them all.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Credence, yes. it's along the same lines as my poem "Nice Rock". I'm all for capitalism and enjoying the fruits of your hard work, but don't ignore the needs of the less fortunate! Thanks for reading and commenting!


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Credence2 5 years ago from Florida (Space Coast)

Thanks, PDX, a testiment to western gluttery in the face of those that have nothing, A most sad tale regarding the nature of the human family.


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

pretty sick, Ruby, but that's also life, I suppose


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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is powerful. We stuff ourselves while others starve. How sick is that?


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Thanks Dexter. Much appreciated!


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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Truth in poetry. Real raw truth! Voted up, up and away!


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Yes, some folks have so much, others have so little and so many seem afraid to look at the truth! Thanks Racinwa!

Man, thank you so much. I'm glad you enjoyed. I don't get political often on here, but I view this as a moral issue.

Jen, me too. Yet, I have no means or real desire to go directly to them. perhaps I m a hypocrite?

Thanks so much for reading and commenting!


jenubouka 5 years ago

So so true, I wish this could reach those who do...


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TheManWithNoPants 5 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Gluttoney and waste while they starve. Raw, powerful and beautiful my friend.

jim


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raciniwa 5 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

what an irony we have here on life's real scenario...


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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Portland, Oregon Author

Maybe so! One of my greatest fears in general is vomiting :-)


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Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Sounds like everyone's holiday nightmare.

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