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Updated on November 12, 2012


For food

For daily bread

For survival

Not just for you

But for the little ones

Standing at your feet.

Food Pantry

The 21st century breadline

Opens its doors

So that others may live.

There is no shame

Asking for help.

Pay no attention to the jeers

The stares.

You are not a burden

You are not a freeloader.

You are a mother

Doing all she can.

How many of your judges

Have heard their children cry

From hunger pains

From empty stomachs

That love just can't fill.

But love is what brings you here today

To our modern-day breadline.

With outstretched arms

Take our offering.

It is not much

Just enough to help you get by

Until things change for you

Until things get better.

Until that day comes

We will remain open.

Your children are crying

Wipe away their tears

For their stomachs will be filled soon

And we will serve the next customer

Waiting in the breadline.


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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      I like this. It has a hopeful, encouraging mood even though the subject matter is depressing. It gives hope that starvation can be overcome. I like the way it also gives encouragement and understanding to the mother who thinks that her love can't do enough. The poem has a rhythm and comes around to the beginning nicely, with the next person in the line. Voted up and beautiful. Well done!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      I love this poem;it speaks of sadness which we cannot avoid but it also speaks of a way forward a way to help and this is so brilliant!!!A subject so close to my heart. Thank you for sharing I vote up and across the board(minus funny) and also share. I now look forward to so many more by you. Enjoy your day.


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