I have very little to give today

it hurts that I
don’t have more to give

no extra time
no extra money
nothing they expect

but everything
they don’t want . . .
I can give a few minutes of time
but that’s not enough for them
I can give a couple of dollars
but that’s not enough for them

and who are “them”?
they are those
I meet daily who are in need
those who have known me for years

I’m sure they don’t understand
that what I was able to help with
then is not what I’m able to
help with now

I helped them
in the past so freely
they don’t understand
why things have changed

I still give what I can —
kind words, smiles
a sandwich, fries & drink
from the local café
but if you ask for more
I will help but

but not as much as I
once could

Published by Jim Wortham

As a teen, wanted to live from writing poetry. Wrote several books, selling nationally. Hung out with readers throughout the United States. My writing has been on back burner. Now dusting off my desk and have my pen in hand. Hope you enjoy some of what I write.

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