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A Quarterly Journal
Jeffrey Woodward, Founder & General Editor
Volume 8, Number 2, June 2014

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David J. Kelly
Dublin, Ireland


Just saying No

On the city streets, where streams of pedestrians pool and eddy, there are always people seeking your loose change; buskers, entertainers, chuggers, beggars. I’ve not yet tried counting how many I pass in any given day, but I’ve already convinced myself it’s not possible to give something to all of them. Surely everyone has some sort of selection process. Try as I might, I can’t come up with a consistent rule or a consistent amount; the weather, or children, or dogs (or rabbits), or bandages, may, or may not, make a difference. I can’t even be sure if they ought to. So, as each day passes, it gets easier and easier to decline the acts of philanthropy that are invited of me, whatever the circumstances. If anyone asks, I can claim compassion fatigue and dismiss the plausible alternative that I have grown cold-hearted.

coffee cup in hand
simply waiting for the milk
of human kindness

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