Poetic Uproar

When will charity end and justice begin?

Charity feeds me one day,

keeps me hungry 364.

You sanctify the Way things Are at my expense:

You feel content for one day’s giving while I starve 364.

I rather you burn your Crescent and Cross (*1)

and starve with me: Then you will see the tyranny of the Way things Are

and the Evil of your Charity:

Your charity presumes ownership of what you store for a rainy day

while I starve in poverty without a today or tomorrow.

Without Justice,

Charity is Satan’s cloak:

You presume to give what is not yours.

Foot Note 1: The reference to “You rather burn your Crescent and Cross” is not to be taken literally. Both Christianity and Islam are great religions. The purpose is to invite the reader to ponder on the hypocrisy of those who take the shell and abandon the spirit of their religion. To that extent it is to be taken literally.

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11 thoughts on “Poetic Uproar

  1. Charity IS part of the spirit of Christianity. I’ll give one example of a couple with a number of small children that we helped with groceries at Thanksgiving and Christmas for two straight years. The man gave up a job that would have supported his family to help his wife in some way while she was taking a training class. Last I saw of him, he still wasn’t working. Justice for him would have been: if a man doesn’t work, he doesn’t eat. The United States is a land where all are free to be the best they can be. It takes a while for some families to rise, like the family where the mother works three jobs to and the father two so their children can all go to college, the first ones.

    • My Dear Friend (though I do not know you I feel an affinity towards you):

      May God bless you for helping the family out. Charity is a a good temporary solution; by Justice I mean a situation where people are guaranteed their basic physical and human rights by the government so that they do not have to rely on the kindness of individuals who may or may not be as kind as you. A person asked Imam Ali, a great soul in his own right, what was superior: Justice or generosity. He said Justice because justice puts things in its proper places where generosity departs things from their proper places. If there was more equal distribution of wealth (notice I am not saying equal-because differences will, to a certain extent, always exist and may not be a bad thing altogether) things would be where they belong. Right now, we have a situation where there are billionaires who have so much money that they spend 100,000 pounds on a dress while a poor child is starving in Africa. This great soul Ali ibne Abi Talib also said that whenever there is a person who sleeps hungry there is also another who has usurped his right and sleeping with a more than full belly. This is what I mean when I say that dissipate charity for justice-another way of saying the same thing would be that let charity become permanent justice not dependent on the presence of good individuals like yourself.

      • I like very much your comment and the style although may not be appreciated by some is a sentiment felt by many! I would as you like to see the hungry fed and the poor taken care of as far as justice there is perhaps none we can have here on this Earth we can however step up and if the wealthy will not then people as us may find a way to set the scales right. Working together we can lift all to a decent level. We are all children of our Maker and must live the way of love for each other all are equal in the eye of God the actions we take are what sets us apart. I am honored that you take action and bring about the change and growth we need as Human Beings! Thank you for your good works!

      • In the U.S., families are not prevented from having their “basic physical and human rights” by government. Again, people are free to be all they can be. You went from that statement to money, as if government must allow each individual to have the same amount of money. That’s not a right. And, socialism simply doesn’t work. It is envy and jealousy that looks at the rich and wishes to tear them down to one’s own size monetarily. It is a greed within those who have less, while they rail against the greed of the rich. Hypocrisy! There are poor nations in the world who have been helped by many other countries, organizations, and individuals, and they remain poor. Leveling the field monetarily isn’t the answer. There are problems in those poor nations with the people themselves that bring suffering upon themselves. The Occupy groups need to learn to be content or else they will have their self-generated misery always. And the rich who are charitable will get their due in the end, before God’s judgment bar.

  2. I am hitting the like button because I am so touch the way u showed the situation portrayed in this post, hoping it is an eye opener to all concern and to all the person who will read this post ….

  3. To my friend Bard on the Hill: Does the photograph of the starving child look like successful monetary intervention by the wealthy? Is the starving child the face of greed? The monetary assistance provided by the IMF is so much tied to payment of interest that many of these poor countries are working to not pay the debt but the interest on the debt. We, and include myself amongst them, should do what we can to ensure a minimum guarantee of physical and human rights. I am not talking of monetary equality, but rather elimination of extremes where one person is starving while the other pays $100 for a single meal at a fancy restaurant!

    To will of heart and I am for change: I have visited your blog too and I love the authenticity. My purpose in writing this poetry was to hope it may awaken us, including myself, from inactivity and we can do whatever little we can to awaken us all. Please feel free to re-blog the post if you want to.

    It is still a beautiful world with good souls in it (including Bard on the Hill)!

  4. Your charity presumes ownership of what you store for a rainy day
    while I starve in poverty without a today or tomorrow.
    Without Justice
    Charity is Satan’s cloak:
    You presume to give what is not yours.

    I’ve never really thought of it that way, so this makes me really think hard and deep. It hits home.

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