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About Hunger
punua_maikai

can you believe this?
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twenty years ago
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that was me.
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listen: it pierces
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the walls-
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she mourns for
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a needed rest, or food-
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where I had done the same
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knowing each perfect moan
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what it meant
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and how to place it.
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I wish our lives were totally
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parallel-
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but it's clear
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this kid rides on the
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Malt-O-Meal train,
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pumping corn syrup gas
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and glutamic antifreeze,
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with soy formula oil
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smoking out manganese-
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Please, tell me to
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shut the hell up
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about hunger!
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yes. tell me, do-
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but take a sec
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to compare both babes
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and listen as each month
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of that twenty years passes
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through your mind;
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and tell me
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with all conviction
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to please
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shut
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the fuck up
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about hunger!
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That famished scream-
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it doesn't need help
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to drill through your skin
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and remind you of enzymes,
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protein, taste, moisture
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-actually eating food!-
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  they have an illusion  
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of healthy weight
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from ersatz vitamins
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and retaining like mad
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a random cup of water.
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and yet, I remember now-
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you were supposed to remind me
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to settle the parentage
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of that really wealthy
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formula-sucker
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on that really sunny island
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in one of those casas-
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you know the ones
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where the view from the porch
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is expensive?
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23 Mar 07

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Engaging, fluid, well paced, tone feels right. I'm not accessing, I'm ignorant of the food culture, but there's still plenty to interest. I like the biology of words like 'enzymes' and 'protein'.

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