Wednesday, 3 July 2013


“More than 820 million people in the world suffer from hunger; and 790 million of them live in the Third World.” - Fidel Castro

Magpie Tales has provided a photograph by Yohan Musin, a talented artist to act as inspiration for followers of her blog. Here is my contribution (including my edit to the photo) to the creative writing challenge:

The Solution

A promise, a vision, a solution –
All preferable to
The present, the reality, the misery.

Her nails, her hair, her clothes
All ache, due to
The never-ending work, the drudgery, the need.

In the village, in the fields, in the house,
A constant demand for
Her contribution, her labour, her input.

Her sex, her caste, her age
All conspire to
Discrimination, prejudice, unfairness.

A city, a job, a new start,
Will they make possible
The promise, the vision, the solution?


  1. Certainly thought-provoking.

  2. You put this Magpie prompt to good use. Thank you for call to reality.

  3. Making a statement in a profound way.

  4. Fod for thought there… Urbanisation is not a good answer for the woes of a lot of the developing countries around the world although it may raise the standard of living of some individuals. But likely to cause as many problems as it solves. Glad you have that question in that last line! Good write.

  5. Poignant write and fantastic photo! Love it...

  6. I like your photo edit, as well as your 'circular' thinking.:)

  7. Excellent...I felt her ache...