Poets’ Thursday: A Different Kind of Hunger

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The blank screen stares at me, beckoning me to write.

I wonder if it has anything for me to hold onto,

I wonder if I can look at it

Without the temptation of a different kind of hunger.


How does my life become what I’d rather it be,

By urge of my will, without my feelings?

I wonder why life has to be painful all the time

With this deep feeling of emptiness and loneliness.


My life is a maze of contradictions.

An unwrapped gift missing the strings on which to pull.

A destined journey, already begun,

With a destination yet unknown.


This hunger, it holds me in its clutches.

Tells me to live my life in a different way,

Tells me I can be more than who I am today

Tells me I can do more.


I embrace it, pulling it deep inside.

I do not understand it, but it engulfs me.

I let it too,

Knowing I cannot go on without it.


This hunger pulls me in, telling me to give it my all.

And I follow,

Knowing it will lead me to the life I have always wanted.

A life I run away from, yet desire with depth in places unknown


This hunger pulls me in and I follow it.

Heart, body and soul,

Because without this hunger, Life is not worth living.

Life is barren of excitement, Life is lifeless.


I simply exist and not live.

As I go from day to day, empty,

With the deep yearning within me.

I give in to this hunger, I embrace my fears


I run no longer,

For in facing them I satisfy my deepest desires.

Knowing one day I’ll look back,

And realize life was worth living after all.


By Ifeanyi Omoike


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8 replies added

  1. Jema September 14, 2017 Reply

    such a beautiful poem. Feels like its a bout me but then again, so many of us live with this hunger.

    • Chisom September 14, 2017 Reply

      That’s exactly what I love about it too, Jema. It’s so apt it speaks to me on a personal level, to you on the same level and to everybody else. That’s just fine stuff.

  2. Makky September 14, 2017 Reply

    This is strong and deep I must say..thank you for this master piece. I’ll keep living no matter what with all my body and soul

    • Chisom September 14, 2017 Reply

      Same resolve I have made. Thank you, Makky for resolving with me (and whoever else is with us) 🙂 Lezzz do this!

  3. Deb September 14, 2017 Reply

    Beautiful piece. It describes what we as writers and many other passionate people go through.

    We’ve got this hunger inside yet somethings hold us back and we keep yearning and searching yet we are hardly satisfied.

    Thanks for sharing

    • Chisom September 22, 2017 Reply

      Like searching in a dark room for a stick that isn’t there. Kai! Thanks for sharing yours too, Deb, always a pleasure

  4. Chizzy September 14, 2017 Reply

    Its easy to see why Poets Thursday will remain my best on this blog

    • Chisom September 22, 2017 Reply

      Awww Chizzy, did we miss you or what!

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