I was sitting at Maccas


on a cheeseburger


what the Buddha had to say

on Generosity:

how it benefits both the giver and receiver

when this aboriginal woman

came up to me and said,

have you got two dollars. For chips?

Sure, I said,

digging deep,

pulling out a coin I plonked

in her hand.

Gee thanks, she said,

It’s my birthday today. I’m 29.

Lucky you. I said. Have a good one

and go easy on those chips.

She beamed me a smile

big as Uluru

& I knew what the Buddha meant.

27 thoughts on “Enlightenment

  1. I’m going to play the naysayer.

    I’ve been financially very low in my life and that has hardened my heart to panhandlers — especially girl panhandlers, who you just KNOW are going to outdo the male version by about 3:2 or a higher ratio even than that.

    So no. Give no money to them. Sorry John. *raised hands* Just my call.


  2. I’ve heard variations on “Can you spare some, change, dollars, or a bit coin so I can get something to eat?” But I was coming out of the supermarket and a girl got the pitch slightly wrong. Somehow I decided to try something that had failed in the past when I had no money: I said “I have a loaf of bread and a bag of potato chips. Would you like either of these.” She said she’d have the potato chips. I guess she thought she was going to get a lecture or something, so she said “For me?”. I said yes, and she had such a wonderful glowing smile that I knew she would enjoy such a giant bag of joy as much as I do when I have no guilt, but only the sensual pleasure of eating the forbidden. Some smiles are transcendent and magical somehow…

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