Year 6, Waitara Public School
Have you ever felt a ravenous monster
Growling in the pit of your stomach?
As you sit at your desk, drowsy,
Drifting in and out of sleep.
An empty feeling invading...
Then, a sensational statement is called out
“Come out and eat! Dinner is ready!”
And cheers erupt in the previously silent abode.
The residents with beaming faces
Grinning from ear to ear.
A heavenly aroma fills the room
Drags us down the narrow staircase.
The captivating scent making the monster inside us howl
As it suffers with a craving for food;
Threatening to leap out insanely.
So unexpectedly, chairs are pulled out,
Scraping the floorboards with a violent screech.
Chatter commences, and glasses clink
When dinner initiates with a stampede
Of even more people trampling down the echoing stairs rowdily.
The children heartily gobbling up
Their homemade pasta and appetizing spaghetti with ceaseless slurps.
The adults sipping their coffee delicately,
Attempting to contain their maturity
When the feast is paraded out.
The kitchen is filled with an aromatic variety:
Dough rolling, oven ticking, trays passed around.
Wistful sighs thrown around as the chefs wish
To be crowding around the superior dining table
With all the cheerful diners.
And even after the banquets inaugurates,
Families arrive constantly, minute by minute
Hastily strolling through the wide doors to freedom
Dragging chairs to the tables as large as elephants
That had appeared while the diners were busily eating.
But then we pause, and we think
Why doesn't everyone have all this glorious food?
Why doesn't everyone have the right
To fresh food and sanitary water?
Out of the 7.7 billion people
In our vast world
Almost an entire billion
Doesn't have all the mouthwatering nutrients
That all of us desire.
What haven't they acquired
That is a necessity for all?
Well water is one of those absolutely treasured things
That simply so many don't have...
But why don't they?
Like you just read, so many people
Are starving to death as you read this poem
So many people,
Just for the sanitary food
That you have sitting in your home.
In arid Africa, you wouldn't believe it:
There are around 235 million people
Desperately starving, who need
The supreme breakfast, lunch and dinner
As much as you need it.
Well what about Australia? One might ask
Well in Australia, a whole fifteen percent of the population
Is facing starvation issues
So aren't you lucky
To have the delicious food
Waiting for you on your dining table
'What about populated Asia?'
In Asia, there is more than a whopping 490 million people
With rumbling stomachs
Every single day
Do you feel grateful?
One in six people go hungry each day!
Yes you read right...
One in six
In the continent of Europe,
there are approximately
118 million people going hungry each day
So think deep in your minds,
Although you're giddily chewing fresh,
In the morning, afternoon and night
There are those who aren't
About how lucky you are...