Saturday, April 10, 2010

Charitable Deductions: A Different Interpretation

My sister and I always take the soundtrack from Chicago along on our road trips. Our favorite line is "...that's because none of us got enough love in our childhood"--a theory that can be applied to most bad behaviour, I think. Here's Kate Benedict's reasoning behind why we should be kind to one another:

2010 Poetry Parade: Day 10

Charitable Deductions
by
Kate Bernadette Benedict


This is what I deduce:

That selfishness is born of deprivation.
That harsh words are the fearful’s bungled prayers.
That the gluttonous are starved,
the greedy cheated,
the lecher too unloved to hazard love.

Beneath the cold rock, the slug takes cover,
despised, unbeautiful,
spineless, lacking skeleton or shell.
Raise the rock:
it twirls its little feelers and shrugs itself,
innocent, tolerable, defenseless in the sudden light.

From Here from Away (Wordtech Communications, 2003)
© by Kate Bernadette Benedict.
Used with the author’s permission.

1 comment:

S. Thomas Summers (Scott) said...

For me, the poem's strength lies in its second part: tangible!!

Well done.