Initially it had resided Inside the belly; Like a niggling pain, A discomfort That needed to be attended, prompt. Humans learnt that this was called hunger- A manifestation of the body to recharge by drawing nutrients From natural substances And sustain itself. For some, this daily discomfort, This recurring pain Became an irritant That needed elimination Perhaps total extinction. Then, there would be, they felt, peace. So people began to stuff their belly, In the hope of killing hunger Snuffing out its last dregs And reach a state of bliss. Unfortunately, hunger proved cleverer It jumped, migrated, From the belly to the human mind And made it its home. Now our bellies may be bursting But our minds are In the throes of hunger constantly. Hunger of different kinds- Hunger for love, affection, money, fame, power, supremacy, knowledge! Mutated varieties of hunger actually; Some of them Of the most obnoxious kind, Leading to destabilisation Of the natural equilibrium.
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