‘Charity Begins at Home’: A PSA in verse

In which our poet discovers the joys of moral equivalence as applied to the art and science of giving.

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‘Charity Begins at Home’: A PSA in verse

A million charities now dot the land, requesting aid.
Who’s to know which ones are real and which are merely shades?
The IRS has oversight, but chooses to ignore
the frauds that call us up or ring the bell at our front door.

Tax-exempt examples of baloney are replete,
like “Fund to Save the Catfish” or “Help Send the Blind a Tweet!”
It’s hard to get excited when we’re called upon to help
The Institute to Promulgate the Eating of Raw Kelp.

But deep within the soul of each there runs a golden thread
of charity for those who lack a crumb of daily bread.
That’s why the beggar on the street, the raffle ticket seller,
both learned that many straitened folk will give like Rockefeller.

The IRS has only one suspicious group inspected:
the Tea Party, of course and those who with it are connected.
Sweet charity begins at home, so do not be a slouch.
So fill your pockets with spare change when sitting on my couch!

− Inspired by an article in the New York Times.

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