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Karma’s Tax Return

Updated on May 31, 2012

Excuse me, do you have any change?

“I don’t have a cent.”


Miss, do you have any change to spare?

“I wish I did”



Sir, excuse me mister, I really need some change?

“No!”


Hey, hey you, can you help with some change?

“ …”


Change… change…where is some change…


Should I ask them?


Hey you…just a sec, wait, excuse me…

Give me a moment of your time!

I just need some change!


Well?

Do you have any?...

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      Talita 2 years ago

      For some of it I take him along. For things like pens, penicls, cases, markers, binders etc I have him pick out what he likes. For the clothes I go alone, he is only 10 and it will not be long before he insists on picking out his own.;0)

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      goego 5 years ago from Loserland

      The only change I can offer is pace...

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      TexasBobby 5 years ago from Deep in the heart.

      Hmm... Let me look in my pocket... Is that? Is it? No, sorry. All I have ia a paradigm. Cool message. I love the pace. Now if you don't mind... I think I will find some change of my own.

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      iamaudraleigh 5 years ago

      Love the title of this one. It was an original piece that I have never seen. I like how you think utside of the box! Voted up definitely!

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      DFiduccia 5 years ago from Las Vegas

      You are a profound thinker and your hubs are multidimensional. Some readers will not see between the lines. Voted up.

      DF

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      Del Banks 5 years ago from Southern Appalachians

      Thought provoking, insanely insightful. I love it!

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      Gustave Kilthau 5 years ago from USA

      cruelkindness - Recite that poem in Canada these days and you will never get a penny for your effort - Canada has quit making pennies. (Maybe everyone will soon have to carry chickens, potatoes, or shoes in their pockets after the rest of the "change" disappears, too. :)

      Gus :-)))

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      stessily 5 years ago

      cruelkindness, Where did you find that photo with the world mapped around the eyes? It is as powerful as your pithy, prophetic poem.

      Your observation in your comments pinpoints the basic message about daily life: "Change in the world needs to be made. People are just too busy to give their time. Any time would help."

      You've said so much in a minimum of words, with the impact and nuances of your words and message and of the photo provoking necessary, expansive thoughts, if only people are willing to ponder them.

      Excellent title. Karma has its own tax return; unfortunately too many are entwined in busyness and have narrowed their circle of accountability and of compassion. If their grass is green, that's all the matters. Up + UABI.

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      Nithya Venkat 5 years ago from Dubai

      A great poem, loved it.

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      Vincent Moore 5 years ago

      Change is coined in so many ways, I always carry it in my pocket on the ready to give to my fellow/man/woman/child less fortunate than me. Also change is in our hearts, it begins there and should spread throughout our world. As your beautiful picture conveyed a map of earth where change has to take place before we kill our planet. I received your message in this wonderful piece. Well done and voted Up.

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      Audrey Howitt 5 years ago from California

      Love your writing!

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      Alastar Packer 5 years ago from North Carolina

      Brother can you spare a dime? What they asked back when me dad grew up in the Great Depression. Said he went to sleep hungry almost every night. Now in the Great Recession someone asks me i give em all the change i got.

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      Susan Britton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      awesome...Thanks.

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      cruelkindness 5 years ago from an angle view.

      The change that is clearly known to all.

      If asked about nobody will disagree.

      People know they are all capable of giving.

      Such as:

      Pollution

      Violence

      Hunger

      Homeless

      Trash

      Hate

      Why the desire to ignore?

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      Susan Britton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I pondered your poem but I could not figure out who they are that you hesitated then asked. I enjoyed thinking about this-great stuff! What kind of change are you asking about?

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      Michele Travis 5 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      It seems to me, it doesn't matter who is in charge, Republican, Democrat, leaders in other countries.

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      Parks McCants 5 years ago from Eugene Oregon U.S.A.

      Very thought provoking. Love it! Voted up. We apsolutely need change,,

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      cruelkindness 5 years ago from an angle view.

      Change in the world needs to be made. People are just to busy to give their time. Any time would help.

      Cruelkindness

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Perhaps that people just don't listen and are too busy with their own problems to even bother.

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      cruelkindness 5 years ago from an angle view.

      Gypsy Rose Lee there is two sides to the sword in most of my thoughts.

      Now the first message is clear.

      Any insight about the hidden?

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 5 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Man I wish someone could give me a handful of change round about now. You brought back a wonderful memory. I originally am from N.Y.C. and we learn quickly that most people don't need the change and they're just trying to cheat you out of some money. However I went to Portland. Oregon ages ago and had a pocketful of change. I dumped it in the hands of a bum on the street who not only thanked me but even cried out of gladness. Now you just don't see real tears on the N.Y. streets.