Needing a Lot of Manna

In church an emaciated man
looking more than a bit shabby
after receiving the sacrament
gets right back on the communion line
with such a desperate expression
that only faith born of hunger
can beget.

William Cullen Jr. is a veteran and works at a social services non-profit in Brooklyn, New York. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Gulf Stream, I-70 Review, Lake Effect, North Dakota Quarterly, Poetry South, Spillway and The American Journal of Poetry.

You can see more of his work in 7.3 and 3.3 and 4.1 and 4.2 and 5.1 and the 2019 Pocket Poems anthology