Hungry Man's Dreams

Hungry Man's Dreams

A Poem by Marie Harrison



Hungry Man’s Dreams

These roads are long and lonely when a fellow needs a nickel

Hungry stomach rumbles as he contemplates eating a

Greasy cheeseburger and a pickle

He wants to work to earn his pay but each opportunity dies

As he strives to keeps up his hopes, he struggles ,

But because he’s hungry he tries

His confidence is shaken for he keeps hearing the word no

People all around him are happy and satisfied but hunger is all he knows


Will there be any relief to these unending hunger pains

Only if he finds a job or the money tree soon rains

He dreams of steaming mashed potatoes with rivers of brown flowing gravy

Or tempting thoughts of eating  crunchy, hot fried chicken make him feel wavy

He prays at night that soon he’ll find a job to enjoy life

Dreams at night about cuddling and kissing a pretty young wife


But these dreams will have to  be pushed to the side until his first paycheck is cashed

He must fight for some positive progress in his life before his hungry body is bashed

His hands yearn to be busy with work so his anxious nerves can calm down

Again, he longs for the day when he’s got a full pocket of cash and he’s wearing a crown

Never could he imagine days like this when he would be haggard and poor

Most days of his life the pantry was filled with all of the food it could store



© 2011 Marie Harrison

Author's Note

Marie Harrison
A lot of hungry and unemployed people around today

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and more EVERY week... so quickly forgotten and yet they were somebody's neighbors, friends, and even family. And the pressure never lets up - so long as the "Bottom Line" is more and more profits and less and less people to make it.


Posted 12 Years Ago

1 of 1 people found this review constructive.


Marie..this is simply outstanding poetry! You are going from strength to strength. Fabulous! :)

Posted 12 Years Ago

good write, times are hard but it will get better.

Posted 12 Years Ago

I love this! So true, and the number gets bigger every week. Amazing write! :)

Posted 12 Years Ago

It's sad isn't it, we have a hunger problem in this country and yet we are as obese as all get out. The dichotomy is staggeringly appalling.

Posted 12 Years Ago

A deeply moving and well written story in your poem. The reader can't help but feel for the man. This is wonderful.

Posted 12 Years Ago

A very bleak but realistic vision of what life is like for so many people. A very human story. You did an outstanding job on this.

Posted 12 Years Ago

I wrote something preety close to this, but I
like yours better. This one hit home for me.
Well done...

Posted 12 Years Ago

Panhandling is damned hard work To a man trying to keep his pride intact

Posted 12 Years Ago

Wow, this is fantastic. This is very moving and impressive! I really enjoyed this.

Posted 12 Years Ago

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38 Reviews
Shelved in 2 Libraries
Added on August 25, 2011
Last Updated on August 26, 2011
Tags: Poverty, Unemployment, Hunger, Harsh Economic Times


Marie Harrison
Marie Harrison

Atlanta, GA

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