I have a thing about hypocrites and charity

did you walk among the least?

benevolence in designer jeans

patting an occasional head

handing out soup

then zipping off

in a car still smelling
of the show room


did you put on their shoes?

did you wear that summer jacket?
gloveless winter winds

until nails detatch from their fingers


did you feel hunger?

did you crave?

whether food, warmth, a drug of choice

a human smile


did you sit back later

in your gilded bubble

braying about responsibility

and boot straps?


did you?
did you sleep well
last night?




Poetry by Katarina Wikholm
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Written on 2012-12-04 at 10:02

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Chaucer Whethers The PoetBay support member heart!
I most certainly concur with these thoughts poetically expressed.

Katarina Wikholm
An event during the US presidential election, where a photo-op was staged in a closed soup kitchen after hours was the spark for this poem, but the observation holds for general charity as well.
And I resisted using "motorcade" although it was so tempting.

josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
Very poignant and well written Katarina. Seems that this end of year holiday season whether christian or secular or based on any other tradition demands at least token generosity towards those less fortunate. Regretably that token is all too often garish and cheap and too visible. My hat goe off to those who view charity as a constant exercise in realigning wealth, dignity and care, bringing the scales to the balance midpoint without fanfare but in a quiet journeyman fashion.

A truly charitable person, like a truly honest one, is marked by what one does when no one is looking, when no accolade or even acknowledgment is expected or even desired, the expression of one's character that is its own reward. How often it is those who have the least to give who give the most.

Lilly Negoi
i got goosebumps reading this one - the tone is perfectly chosen and the message goes straight to the heart. this should be read by many more...