When Giving Is All We Have

In this time of uncertainty and physical separation from others, when we feel unmoored from our usual routine, we look for touchpoints to the familiar and reconnection with our core values.


This poem resonated with us at Arthur Alley, and we wanted to share it with you.


When Giving Is All We Have

One river gives

Its journey to the next.

We give because someone gave to us.

We give because nobody gave to us.

We give because giving has changed us.

We give because giving could have changed us.

We have been better for it,

We have been wounded by it—

Giving has many faces: It is loud and quiet,

Big, though small, diamond in wood-nails.

Its story is old, the plot worn and the pages too,

But we read this book, anyway, over and again:

Giving is, first and every time, hand to hand,

Mine to yours, yours to mine.

You gave me blue and I gave you yellow.

Together we are simple green. You gave me

What you did not have, and I gave you

What I had to give—together, we made

Something greater from the difference.

by Alberto Ríos

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