• Vol. 10
  • Chapter 05

You Cannot Thrive By Sight Alone

The bounty of sacrifice
and the set of a table,
what we need to thrive,
what we can do without.
No matter—the problem:
We need not think often
in the vocabulary of hunger.

The bounty of table
and the set of a sacrifice
offers us more than we need,
and we gladly take it in
until it matters, it is a problem:
The vocabulary of appetite
develops into images of hunger.

We take our seat in comfort,
partake in a wealth of food.
eat until we are satiated,
do not think of the homeless man
outside our door with stale bread,
a piece of found cheese,
and a bottle of rain water.