It is all that she can do.


She holds out her hand

because it is all that she can do

she knows begging works

and it’s all that she can do

she has seen death in multitudes

she has seen the price of help

she knows no pride

she cannot afford it anyway

she is not afraid to beg

she knows only that it works

and it is all that she can do

dignity has no place

in a dirty shirt.

and she has never made it’s acquaintance

she knows only need

and kind faces

that give when she begs

and it is all that she can do.

But it is not all I can do.

I see her need for dignity

I see her need for medical care

I see her right to love

I see her right to not have to beg

for what should be

a right

on such a fertile planet

with such bloated wealth.

I know,

so I do not stop my labors

to give her more than just food

more than just money

I want to elevate her

help her up

so she never needs to beg again

It is the least I can do.

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