Say Thank You, She Says

The woman who once
on a whim in a bookstore
pointed to a book on the shelf
and said, I’ll buy you that.

It was a small square book
the kind that is full of quotations
small pearls of wisdom
a miniature coffee table book
made to be browsed through
to achieve random moments
of inspiration.

It was called GENEROSITY.

I don’t want it, I wanted to say
but I didn’t
I didn’t dare not say Thank You
and force a little smile
over the gift
that felt heavy in my hand
square and compact as it was
with potential criticism
no thanks, I wanted to say

but I said Thank You

because on one page
of that little book
was a definition of generosity
that said Generosity
is what you do
when you don’t want to
but do it anyway.

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