Donal Mahoney

A Hired Beggar Looks At The Rich - Poem by Donal Mahoney

Compassion is important
but it won’t feed the hungry
or house the homeless.

Paul, an old fundraiser, tells
the fundraisers he trains to
find rich people who crave

tax breaks because
they write checks to charities
rather than pay taxes they loathe.

Years of begging taught Paul
cash is an entrée for the poor,
compassion a drink before dinner.

Topic(s) of this poem: money, poverty, social comment

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, August 29, 2015

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