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The Curse of Giving

by Edward Ahern

The lilac bush was cut down at the stump
and sawed into firewood.
For ten springs it gave away
its aroma and bright color
but withered into ragged green
that gave no further joy.

Benefactors cannot stop giving
without shriveling their worth
to church and children.
Better, perhaps, like a swamp oak,
to be an amiable miser.

Copyright © 2016 by Edward Ahern

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