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Two Questions Arise.

Updated on January 7, 2010

Haunted by the horrific images from Sudan, Kevin Carter the photographer of this photo committed suicide in 1994 soon after receiving the Pullitzer Prize award

Two Questions Arise.

Innocence dressed

only in skin

and bones,

crawls feebly from

the sharp

talons of death,

hunger gnaws at

the distended belly,

even more

powerfully then fear,

no one to carry

this child's tiny body,

to the aid just

a lifetime away,

driven by instinct,

like a lamb

to the slaughter,

racing a

biological clock,

that is anything

but logical,

and a bird of prey,

that wishes to write

this child's

bio in blood,

innocence pauses

to shudder,

as the

shutter clicks,

and captures famine,

in all of it's

gory glory,

and two questions

eat at my soul,

just beneath

the ignorant guilt

of my own fault

in not sending

any money to help.

"Why didn't the


set down

his camera,

and carry

this child

to the camp

where food waited?"

Wouldn't this incredible

award winning action,

have beaten his

Pulitzer prize to a pulp,

much like the vulture

most likely did,

on the flesh

of this sacrifice

to mankind's

uncaring indifference. "

Then perhaps

they might

both have survived,
and the vulture

would have

simply dined

on some roadkill.

"Excuse me

while I go get some

"All you can eat--

Breakfast Buffet."

that lies just 10 miles

just east of

the Federal

Housing projects,

at my favorite

restaurant stop.

Poem-©-MFB III

Photo by Kevin Carter-deceased

Child's status unknown


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      pbwriterchick 8 years ago

      I know... ;( this angers me to no end every time I see it...