Indian Beggar Girl

Why shouldn’t it be me on calloused, twisted knees,
Begging her for rupees,
As she stands, straight and tall, looking down at me,
Herself the very monument to privileged empathy,
Reconciling injustice through her pious charity?
Her paltry alms of paper notes
Buy food to keep my bone-protruding body whole
While fattening for slaughter her own soul.



BIO:
CARRIE DANAHER HOYT is a life-long lover and writer of poetry. It is her humble opinion that poetry is the highest form of human communication. Poems (she says) at once highlight what is unique and what is universal in humanity; the bond between writer and reader is intimate and sincere (kind of like Facebook, only better).
Carrie lives in Massachusetts where she is a wife and mother of three school-aged kids. To pay the bills (as her poems don’t yet do this) she works as an estate planning attorney. Beside family and poetry, she loves travel, volunteer work and concerts.


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2 thoughts on ““Indian Beggar Girl” by CARRIE DANAHER HOYT

    1. Read it again.
      I had to read it a couple of times.

      I would argue that is what the poet is expressing. The suffering of others should concern each of us (i.e. We are not an island). However, the world likes to label, isolate, & box identity (which causes conscious & unconscious judgment).

      The author is exchanging the worldly view of “she he it they me”, which is a very real viewpoint used to identify class & worldly “worth”.

      The author is transferring worldly identities of “beggar” with the identity of the wealthy. The author is attempting to reveal, reflect, & expose the superficial “piety” applied when charity is used to build image. Not that charity is a negative idea, but the false intentions that sometimes accompany public display of generosity is nothing more than a hollow jar of dusty air.

      Is charity being given to provide an excuse to walk away & forget true need?
      Is the person extending “charity” in order to gain personal satisfaction placing them above the “needy”?
      Is “charity” offered out of desire for publicity (a show for the crowd watching)?

      In short, the poet is questioning her own motives and the worldly classifications that fight to separate them. She is questioning her own motives for “giving” a few coins as she walks by.
      What is the personal cost?
      Handing someone a few bucks doesn’t cause discomfort. It’s a payment for self congratulation.
      By the end of the poem the poet exposes the hypocrisy of herself by viewing her actions through what she views as the “beggars” eyes.

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