the outstretched reaching hands
Why despise charity when
it’s the greatest remaining?
I walked out of the grocers and into the dark. An indigent woman that mumbled incomprehensibly sat just within light of the store. Overcome by an inexplicable urge, I gave the woman a grapefruit. She uttered, “Oh, thank you!” A mysterious joy filled me as her hands clasped my meager gift.
Why should giving away one grapefruit trigger such sudden contentment? Years later, I wonder why I didn’t give her every bag that I had purchased.
I could easily have been the one yearning for such mercy.
ever mindful of the hope
that doesn’t fail
“If you want to keep it,
you have to give it away.”
for Colleen’s Help Me Celebrate our 100th Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge! (outstretched, charity)
#Weekly Tanka Prompt #Poetry Challenge – Week 112 – Hope & Observing (mindful for observing)
Poets United Midweek Motif ~ Charity (posted by Susan)