On Giving

Will Henry Stevens  arte-walk.blogspot.com

Will Henry Stevens
arte-walk.blogspot.com

He
in asking
shows hesitancy
as though his needing
reflects some weakness
that should be hidden
and his accepting
some moral
flaw

She
in giving
conspicuously
notes her generosity
a virtue most admirable
among a high society
and her granting
some moral
star

We
give best
when as receiving
we recall our poverty
for naked we come into
this life just as naked
one day we’ll also
as beggars
depart

“Everyone brings flowers
and I bring apples sent from Milton,
Josephus, Hesperides, three
red, one golden, like a flower . . .” ~ Deborah Digges

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About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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