Magic Morsel - A Tale in Verse

Updated on May 17, 2020
Senoritaa profile image

Rinita is a creative writer, with focus on poetry. She delves into several forms including Haiku/Senryu, Sonnets, Free Verse, and Prose.


Through this supernatural tale, I tried to bring forth the plight of migrant workers and starvation issues in my country, which have been at their peak since the onset of the current pandemic. The lockdown has worsened the lives of these daily wage workers and all we can do is pray that things return to normal soon.

Piece of Bread
Piece of Bread | Source

The Poem


Over diverse lands they walked

At times on sodden, at times on dry feet

Rested they not, as time was short

Official deadlines they had to meet

Ramakanth was one of the group

Of migrant workers now heading back

There was no work with the virus spread

Three days of food remained in his pack

On the third day, a comrade took ill

Ramakanth benevolently handed him a bread

He was saving the last piece for his daughter

Who slogged hungry at home in his stead


They separated at the border, he walked alone

The last couple of morsels now a foe

He couldn’t walk an inch without a bite

Yet his daughter’s face prevented him so

That night, under a dull sky, he lay his aching body

Hunger prevailed and caused his soul to break

He gulped down the last morsel and closed his eyes

All that remained were a few crumbs in its wake

And then he dreamed, oh, what a dream it was!

It was as if he was at the landowner’s yearly feast

Plates full of delectable food, served at ease

Biryani, Poori, Halwa, Jalebi, how much could he eat?

His stomach was full, but the food kept coming

The cuisine was fantastic, ambrosia at its purest

He knew he should stop, but he went on eating

To stop would be to say ‘no’ to the event finest


He woke with a start, to a timid sun at the brink

The dawn felt surreal, was he dead untimely?

The aches returned as he stood, refuting the doubts

Yet he found his first step incredibly sprightly

Soon the walk turned to a jog and then to a sprint

His active limbs gladly the remaining journey bore

As he entered the boundaries of his cottage

He felt fatigue no more, hunger no more

There she stood at the gate, Amilia, the daughter

A field hand at the village, her pale eyes spoke

Of days of unattended starvation and solitude

Waiting, wandering, lingering around celestial smoke


Amilia greedily opened her father’s pack, his face fell

The teary-eyed girl stuck the last crumbs on her thumb

Wordlessly she licked them as if it was her first meal

And kept suckling until her thumb was numb

Her frail body gave way and she fell into a slumber

Ramakanth held her hand and began his prayer

Although it was daybreak, doctors were non-existent

The virus had wreaked havoc on the country’s healthcare

For hours he sat at her bedside, until moonrise

When suddenly her bony fingers moved in his hand

The girl sat up, weak but jovial, smiled in the dark

And described a dream of a feast much like the father had


In a few days, their little land was tilled

Father-daughter toiled hard to cultivate food

Whatever they could, they distributed in the village

They were never hungry and no one starved for good

“One day”, thought Ramakanth, “this will be over”

And they kept looking forward to that golden sun

The magic morsel transformed their lives so

Their starving days were long gone and outdone

© 2020 Rinita Sen


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      12 days ago

      Thank you for visiting.

    • profile image


      13 days ago

      Beautiful piece of poetry.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      13 days ago

      Thank you, Miebakagh. Yes, the pandemic has been hard on the less fortunate. I am glad people in your community are growing food.

    • Miebakagh57 profile image

      Miebakagh Fiberesima 

      2 months ago from Port Harcourt, Rivers State, NIGERIA.

      Rinita, I like what I read. The pandemic has its other good side. Even in my local community, people were taking to container farming. Carrots, tomato, garlic, ginger, and potato are being planted and harvest. Thanks.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      3 months ago

      Thank you Verlie. You are right about the resilience of the human spirit. We're bent but not broken easily. Appreciate your visit, fellow poet. It truly is but little that we can do by spreading the word.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      3 months ago

      Thank you Bill. Appreciate your kind comment.

    • profile image


      3 months ago

      Rinita your poem opens a window into the most extreme unimaginable hardship. Starvation! It is indeed a noble callling to be poet at this time, to give names to those who suffer, to tell their story. That the famished body can find nourishment and strength in dreams, pitiful as that is, speaks volumes about the resiliency of the human spirit. Thanks for telling.

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 

      3 months ago from Olympia, WA

      This really was a beautiful and delightful story. Well done! Wonderful images and choice of words and phrases.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      3 months ago

      Sowrabha, thank you so much for your visit and kind comment. Yes, pioneers like Satyajit Ray and Mrinal Sen have always excelled at portraying harsh truths. I'm happy to meet a fellow Ray follower. Truly hope that this all ends soon. Stay safe.

    • Sowrabha Mahesh profile image


      3 months ago from Bengaluru

      Hi Rinita, Manatita’s tribute to you got me here and I am glad I made it. Such grim realities so well rendered. I could almost imagine a scene out of Satyajit Ray movie, only it ended with hope. Hope made all the pain a little more bearable. Hope and pray that things get better for everybody.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      4 months ago

      Thank you for your thoughts and concerns, manatita. Couldn't have said it better. Yea, we continue to pray. I believe in its strength.

    • manatita44 profile image


      4 months ago from london

      I identify with what you are saying, Rinita. Many black and Asian people are dying in disproportionate numbers. The cause is complex, but one of the issues is what you mention. There is a social isolation and depression, even in the best of times and India is by no means separate, but yes, with 1.4 billion people, it's not easy.

      Man is still struggling to live with man and the disparity of wealth and opulence are huge! We have a kind of cast system mentality and status quo here too, driven by greed and the feeling of separation. 'Nuff rant.

      A beautiful piece! Prayer is energy in the ether and can transform souls. Some Yogi's never manifest in the world, but from the Himalayas and beyond, they send healing thoughts to our world. Jai Ram!

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      4 months ago

      Thanks again, Greg.

    • boxelderred profile image

      greg cain 

      4 months ago from Moscow, Idaho, USA

      Yes, I'm certain it is, Rinita. Knowing that, hearing it from you, puts a hollow pit in my stomach. My best to you.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      4 months ago

      Thank you Greg. Appreciate your kind comment. I'm elated that my poem could produce such an effect as you described. The reality is, of course, a lot harsher than my poem. Thanks again for your visit.

    • boxelderred profile image

      greg cain 

      4 months ago from Moscow, Idaho, USA

      Rinita - heartache, heartbreak, empathy, sympathy accompanied my reading of this. Such lean times most of us have never known. Your words make it hurt to watch the scene unfold, but they also make it impossible to look away. That is poetry. Nicely done.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      4 months ago

      Li-Jen, I'm so happy to see you friend. I was wondering where you were. As usual, your analysis is to the point and provides brilliant insights. I'm well and hope you are too. Thanks for stopping by today.

    • Li-Jen Hew profile image

      Li-Jen Hew 

      4 months ago

      Hi Rinita, hope you are well. Thanks for enlightening us with your message about migrant workers. I like how the poem mimics crumbs or morsel as the journey the father took was long before becoming "whole" or having no more hunger. The journey is also cut temporarily by the dream, ironically stressing that their lives are full of hardship. I was expecting the worst but you got me there. You showed us there's hope in the end. You make us more kind with your empathy. Thank you for sharing.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      4 months ago

      Thank you Pamela. Yes, all we can do is hope for better times, throughout the world. Happy to see you today.

    • Pamela99 profile image

      Pamela Oglesby 

      4 months ago from Sunny Florida

      This is a well-written poem about a sad topic. This pandemic has hurt so mant people in numerous countries. I hope a recovery happens soon.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      4 months ago

      Than you Dora. Appreciate your kind comment. The reality is grim, hence the sad element. We can only hope for a better tomorrow for the unfortunate ones who have been hit hard. Thank you again for visiting.

    • MsDora profile image

      Dora Weithers 

      4 months ago from The Caribbean

      Mostly sad, but you gave a gleam of hope at the end. Your poem is beautifully done even if the story it tells is not all happy.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      4 months ago

      Thank you for your heartfelt comment, Ruby. I'm so elated to know that you donate to a food bank. I hope they are still operating in these times. Yes, we often take the food on our table for granted and could do well to remember those poor souls and eat only what's required. Thank you so much for visiting.

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Richert 

      4 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Oh this is so beautiful and the thought of hunger breaks my heart. We have a food bank here and we all give. I will think of this poetry at every mealtime, and perhaps I will not want much to eat.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      4 months ago

      Thank you Mr. Singh. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Good to see you.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      4 months ago

      Thank you Lorna. Yes, all we can do these days is hope for a better tomorrow, especially for those who are less fortunate. Appreciate your visit.

    • emge profile image

      MG Singh emge 

      4 months ago from Singapore

      That's a nice tale in verse. So emotional

    • Lorna Lamon profile image

      Lorna Lamon 

      4 months ago

      You have created a story of struggle and hope Rinita. In many cases the choice is the virus or not being able to eat. Your story had a hopeful ending, something we need to hold on to. Beautifully and sensitively written.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      4 months ago

      Ah! Thank you, John. I'm happy you enjoyed the story till the end. Appreciate your visit today.

    • Senoritaa profile imageAUTHOR

      Rinita Sen 

      4 months ago

      Thank you so much Ann. I'm delighted that you found the words well conveyed. Glad to see you.

    • Jodah profile image

      John Hansen 

      4 months ago from Queensland Australia

      What a delightful story, Rinita. I worried for the fate of the daughter but it turned out well. This was an enjoyable read.

    • annart profile image

      Ann Carr 

      4 months ago from SW England

      Beautiful! What more can I say? You have such a knack of finding the best words and you paint a wonderful picture of emotions.



    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)