Skin clinging to bone
A harrowed, plaintive moan
The Struggling Girl, desperate for bread
Stalked by the vulture, looking well fed
The black horse watches, without malice, without hate
Unwavering in its purpose, resolute in its fate

– R.K. Lightfoot

‘Black’ is the third entry in my poetry series on the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse and is about Famine. The main imagery of the poem is the starving girl being stalked by a vulture, this was inspired by Kevin Carter’s iconic Pulitzer Prize winning photo ‘The vulture and the little girl’, also known as ‘Struggling Girl’, taken in 1993 during a famine in South Sudan.

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