Hunger.

Hunger.

A Poem by Fay Slimm

 

 

Hunger.

 

How many dawns shall a gull's wide wings
carry night's shiver enough
miles to appease birds' fierce hunger
at sea, aiding eyes to catch something
that eaten keeps a feathered heart warm.?

 

How many dusks will a young wife's lips
hopefully open on same
ocean as similar need fills with ache
a heart missing harbour-safe kisses
as his overdue boat battles fierce storm.?

 

How many tides could it take to renew
resolute faith as starved eyes
search time and again empty horizons,
re-scanning each mile for love's food
sailing in late with her sailor on board.?

 

How many hours can be spent praying
for courage to shake away dread
and feed on the times when fishermen,
heavy with haul set homeward again
knowing a woman waits bravely in port.?

© 2020 Fay Slimm


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The first thing that stands out to me is how the opening of each verse reminds me of the Bob Dylan lyrics: "how many ____ must a man/white dove/mountain . . ." . . . your poem harkens to the same kind of questioning & hunger for change, results, love, or whatever. Your message seemingly addresses the marital bond possibly stretched by a livelihood that requires going out to sea . . . but this could be symbolic for how EVERY bond is stretched in parallel ways (((HUGS))) Fondly, Margie

Posted 2 Weeks Ago


Fay Slimm

2 Weeks Ago

Thanking you masses for the read and thoughtful review of Hunger and its meaning to more than those .. read more
good luck.
should of taken the chick with you.


Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Commercial fishing is one of the most dangerous occupations in the world. This offering captures powerfully how it affects those who love the ones that go to sea. The wife's lonely vigil illustrates the hopes and fears that struggle continually within her as she waits for the overdue boat. We are not told if her fears are relieved. For many over the years, those fears were sadly borne out.

Posted 3 Weeks Ago


Fay Slimm

2 Weeks Ago

Your compassionate review re. those waiting on shore for overdue boats is truly appreciated John - .. read more

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Fay Slimm
Fay Slimm

Camborne, Cornwall, United Kingdom



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