Beggar’s Hands

This was inspired by our family trip to Vietnam.  FYI, 20,000 Dong is about 1 US Dollar.

Five thousand Dong.
Enough for food fast,
enough to end starving
I could hold the weight of the world
in these hands,
yet they are cupped only to catch only its scraps.
I hold the weight of my world
in these hands,
yet my world is both as light as paper,
and as heavy as my need.
Five thousand Dong.