Eagerly we take our designated place
at the long dining table of life.
The menu is varied, and we know
that there is ample to sustain
the needs of all of the diners.
But then, we are shocked to see,
at the head of the table,
the obscenely large portions
to which they help themselves.
Portions so large they could not
hope to consume, so most is waste.
Finally the serving platter comes to us,
and the meager crumbs and gristle
that remain seem hardly adequate
for our appetite, so we become resigned.
But wait! As we take a shy glance
towards the foot of the table,
such an incredibly long way away,
it becomes clear that,
should we take our fill of the trough,
there will be less to pass along
to those less fortunate even than we.
In deadly silence we pass the platter,
and we dare not look into the hungry eyes
nor dare we watch the rabid feeding frenzy
at either end of the table.