Some Charitable Words


As I pass you by,
I want these words
to feel as hard and cold
as cash.

The sentences to rattle
like loose change
casually thrown
in your beggar’s bucket.

And if my lips be
finger and thumb,
feel the authenticity
in the bite of a word,

before speaking
and missing
it land on the stranger,
who may say,

“Thank you kindly, sir!”,
as I hurry on
feeling all the better
for the charity of my donation.

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