Ode to Philanthropy

On a recent trip to Seattle, WA Homer Foundation board member Denise Pitzman happened upon a street vendor selling poetry, “your topic, your price”. He goes by William the Poet and you can learn more about him here:  http://www.king5.com/story/news/local/seattle/2014/09/11/poetry-your-topic-your-price/15479043/.

William the PoetDenise selected PHILANTHROPY as her topic and told him she lived in a small, town in Alaska. William typed the poem up on an old typewriter right then and there.  Denise shared her poem with me, and I would like to share it here with you because philanthropy in all its many forms is so very worth celebrating!



to her beauty

growing through the seasons.


exhibited in

falls great leaves

product of giving tree.


in winter

as the snow does fall

give the gift

that warms them all.


tiny town

of gracious life,

bestow the magic

in summers light.


spring right up

the magnanimous change

of weather dry

or in the rain.


giving heart

that knows no end,

contribute wealth

to the community at hand.


WC  Seattle, WA  November 2015