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Charity by deceit. 

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Alms The Poor

Alms For The Poor

~~~~~~ The Clever Beggar ~~~~~~

The not so old beggar stood 
before me,with outstretched 
arms and a sadden stare
He ask me for sixty-five cent

He was working this side of the street
I started to dig up the amount he requested
when he ask me if I could spare even more.

I began to realize that he first 
waited to see if I would comply
before putting the rest of the game to me
“I have not had a bite in two days'' 
said he

The story sounded familiar 
as this was his classic line
Not even trying to disguise 
the well rehearsed lie.
Once again he
gave me that stare
only this time straight 
into my eyes he looked

I smiled and said 
“I do not like to get played”
I understand you get a check- 
And your mom has to 
dole it out to you 
because you buy what 
you want-and beg for 
what you need.

Yeah buddy I got the 
411 on you indeed ! 
see all your sympathy cards 
with me have been played- 
I even remember when 
weeks' back 
you buried your dad.

Is your Father sick again -
Did he rise from the dead ?
Since I saw last week-
have your hungry
children grown?

Get new props- 
Your stories are old
His warmed over sadness 
still pierces my heart.

I am driving a Ford
So I cannot afford
to help you anymore.

Even if I were to continue
I would have liked
“new” material for 
my stories and poems.

I liked the fact that you 
were trying to be
or creative.

But,you were not,Also
you told repeat stories 
We could have continued 
in this vein, but you 
“played me so cheaply”

When instead you could 
have enriched me deeply.

See I was writing 
a story about
“Beggars With Cash” 
Living lavish life style's
with a big money Stash..

A month ago before 
I changed my style
I had my helpers 
follow you for awhile.

They saw you in your S.U.V-
When you left the YMCA;
You then rolled over to 
a boulevard called Chevrolet.

You had on a clean white 
shirt - you were 
no longer unshaven .
got pictures of you living fine – 
yes, of you and your
partners in crime.
Now what 
do you have to say..?

I am going to write 
this story and make 
all the money back that 
I ever gave you !
Going to call it
“Alms for the Poor” 
Just to be sure.

The next time you have a repeat 
Customer -Remember them !
Everyone likes a good story.

But when you lie to me
Respect my intellectual dignity;
Give the story depth and quality-
Now tell me who's the fool ?

You are a menace to society..
A needy person will now go without 
Because of all the good- people 
you have duped.

You were once a clever beggar
So remember this forever.

If you even tell a fool a good lie 
It shows him some respect.

A bad lie is like a quick sale
Wholesale vs. Retail.
it's really no bargain
If all you have are flimsy lies
Then spare me the inept DETAILS !

Copyright © Vicki Acquah

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  1. Date: 5/14/2014 8:38:00 AM
    :-) We are all stories. Some are story tellers. I think you are a great story teller. Would like to see the look on this man's face when you called him out!

    Acquah Avatar Vicki Acquah
    Date: 5/15/2014 1:26:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Covers blushing face with palm. John where have you been all my poetic life. You are so good for us Poets. Thanks.
  1. Date: 3/6/2014 10:29:00 AM
    Very interesting and well constructed story! This story is repeated each day million of times around the world! Beautiful writing!

  1. Date: 3/5/2014 10:17:00 PM
    AMAZING Momma !!! As always your pieces move me ... they speak volumes and you ARE the true voice of the poet !!

  1. Date: 11/6/2013 11:41:00 PM
    READING THIS LIVE ON BLOG TALK RADIO. BACKGROUND MUSIC. / The Rolling Stones, (Sympathy For The Devil ) .