Charity Begins Where Interest Ends
|Music: Fugue in F# major.
By Dimitri Shostakovich. Sequenced by J. Marques.
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|Charity begins where interest ends,
Having little interest but in giving,
Removing self from self, that there be space
In which a much-loved guest might feel at home.
So might one find delight, though ravens rend
The unembroidered fabric of one's being:
Miracle of unrequited grace,
A wave of wonder welling up from stone,
Singing as it breaks of selfless grieving.
Copyright by Nicholas Gordon