Poem – My Stomach is very upset with me (How does one care for the hungry?)

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My Stomach is very upset with me (How does one care for the hungry?)

My Stomach is very upset with me (How does one care for the hungry?)

My Stomach is very upset with me (How does one care for the hungry?)

My Stomach is very upset with me (How does one care for the hungry?)

As I lay on the XRay table

with a tube in my nose

trickling chalklike barium

into my guts

my thoughts wandered

and roamed through

the chalk seller streets of ambala

and their white stained roads

and barium makes its way

through my small intestine

into the large one

as I remember how

my stomach

hungry since yesterday night

keeps clutching at the plastic tube

as if it were food

and I suddenly understand

desperation of hungry people

in all its dimensions

barium has now been led

into my large intestine

as I am ordered around

with a hungry stomach

still tugging at the tube

in a vain hope

as a robotic arm descends

and presses my stomach around

I strain not to remember

the poor on the streets

being pushed around

but the stomach still doesn’t give up

being hungry

as the doctors walk around

my stained roads of ambala

looking for troubled sections

he found one long street

to be strictured and narrow

while the hunger on the street gets me

and I vomit

empty vomit from an empty reservoir

a vomit of nothing

but the tube

as stomach wants it out

my throat wants it out

my nose wants it out

my brain wants it out

how does one care for the hungry?

my stomach is now really upset

with me

  • written on 4 November, after going through a few tests being conducted on my body including the barium test (small bowel enema), which ended in a rare one day holiday, since I took help of enema to get the lumps of chalk out of my stressed up guts. No offence to the docs as this is a personal hallucination of a poet.
Vineet Raj Kapoor
Vineet Raj Kapoor
Born in 1966, BE (Mechanical), MBA (Marketing & Finance). Worked previously in Tata Sons, Essar Cellphone etc. before venturing out. Special interest: Is a Poet, Writer, Photographer, Artist, founder member of different alumni associations Member: ASCI (Administrative Staff College of India), Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Bombay Productivity Council, UBS Alumni Association (Secretary, Chandigarh Chapter)

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