03 June 2015

The Worth of a Smile

The Tithe Barn by Walter Tyndale (watercolor, 1906)



As long as you can give a smile to us,
you are not tithe less; and if you can lend
a hand as well, you can reach ten percent
without a dime in your open pockets.

Prophets of every faith have modeled this
into a universal truth we for-
get when our job is collecting taxes
and accounting for funds in the big pot.

I have one antique rose that perfumes all
the garden while many plants benefit,
yet they balance the scene that sets the rose
so high, protect us from its thorns and thrive.

We weed a bit while gazing from above
and note weeds bring us to our knees to praise
the ground, and challenge us to learn to love
what is not easy nor is often kind.

Together we comprise our neighborhood—
the showy, quiet and overlooked—and all
have roles in helping each other grow from
the glow generated by one small smile.


Posted for Poets United 

Poetry Pantry #255



Copyright © 2015  S.L.Chast



20 comments:

Sherry Blue Sky said...

WOW! THIS is a SPECTACULAR poem. How very beautiful a look at humanity. You give me hope!

blogoratti said...

I thought that was lovely, well done!

Sanaa Rizvi said...

Prophets of every faith have modeled this
into a universal truth we for-
get when our job is collecting taxes
and accounting for funds in the big pot.

Strongly resonate with these lines.. over the decades.. perhaps centuries.. prophets have come down to teach all of mankind.. the importance of a smile... the effect it has on others.. to truly help others expecting nothing in return :D

A beautiful poem Susan. It brought a huge smile on my face :D
Lots of love,
Sanaa

Vandana Sharma said...

It is very easy to make, anyone sad or cry but very difficult to put a smile on anyone's face.

Sumana Roy said...

"and note weeds bring us to our knees to praise / the ground, and challenge us to learn to love / what is not easy nor is often kind."...my favorite lines here...

Jae Rose said...

A smile is worth so much....like the butterfly effect...I would choose it over any coin or tithe

C.C. said...

I love that first stanza....so insightful and poignant.....what a unique and smart way to look at things. Wish more people had that viewpoint. I will take it to heart.

brudberg said...

I think if we could be more like flowers in the garden it would come more natural to share the light and soil... a lovely way of expressing it all

Donna@LivingFromHappiness said...

'and all
have roles in helping each other grow from
the glow generated by one small smile.'

How powerful a smile....I can go down the road and smile at everyone I meet and 99% will smile back glowing as will I from each of their smiles that sustain me! Loved this poem Susan.

X said...

A tithe of giving to others, that is the simple element to community,
though often the hardest for humans to accomplish, being more concerned
with self than with others. And our efforts ripple out touching lives
when we are genuine.

Mary said...

I do like the idea that a smile or lending a hand can be considered part of a tithe. I think oftentimes it means more than giving money. Anyone can drop bills into a collection plate; but working at a soup kitchen or a food pantry or helping someone rebuild their house puts a face on help! Neighborhood help is important. Our church has a motto: God's work, our hands!

J Cosmo Newbery said...

Lovely sentiments.

R.K. Garon said...

Great!
ZQ

Old Egg said...

"Weeds bring us to our knees..." how beautifully you paint the picture of the joy our gardens bring us. I even thought I could hear the bees say as I worked in the garden "Pay him no mind, he's doing no harm".

Truedessa said...

To give 10% we learn humility...whether it be in coin or deed. You have a gift for being insightful..always enjoy stopping here to read your words of wisdom. Peace to you!

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

Such a powerful image, that rose - in a poem full of powerful images and deep thoughts.

totomai said...

When I was growing up, we were often asked "What is our motto in life?" I often replied - "to put a smile on eveyone's face"

I realize it is not actually difficult as long as your intentions are clear.

I like that the poem stresses and values the community life coming from a single smile or a helping hand. i enjoyed the read, Susan

G L Meisner said...

Great poem. I agree we often forget that time given is also a tithe.

Myrna R. said...

This is lovely Susan. I've always thought a genuine smile is packed with pure, loving, giving medicine. May we all tythe abundantly from that infinite reservoir.

humbird said...

I love the visual you draw with rose and surroundings in your poem; we indeed benefit from helping each other grow!