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A prose poem by

Saad El-Asha

Submitted Oct 13, 2023, 12:44:14 AM

For four years, I have befriended hunger...

For four years, I have befriended hunger.

I’ve gone to bed hungry

for four years

so I could save money and face.


Four years were the sole reference to

my claim to poverty.

I have long balked,

as promises of wealth poured across

the thresholds of success and status.


I shall always endure the



of my stomach demands,

than to cross

the threshold

and become wealthy.