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For this session our text was the poem The giver (for Berdis) by James Baldwin, posted below.
Our prompt was: “The hope of giving is…”
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The giver (for Berdis) by James Baldwin If the hope of giving is to love the living, the giver risks madness in the act of giving. Some such lesson I seemed to see in the faces that surrounded me. Needy and blind, unhopeful, unlifted, what gift would give them the gift to be gifted? The giver is no less adrift than those who are clamouring for the gift. If they cannot claim it, if it is not there, if their empty fingers beat the empty air and the giver goes down on his knees in prayer knows that all of his giving has been for naught and that nothing was ever what he thought and turns in his guilty bed to stare at the starving multitudes standing there and rises from bed to curse at heaven, he must yet understand that to whom much is given much will be taken, and justly so: I cannot tell how much I owe. James Baldwin, "The giver (for Berdis)" from Jimmy’s Blues. Copyright © 2014 by The James Baldwin Estate.