What if no one would ever know

What evil would eager tempt

What good would go undone

Where anonymity hides

The flaws and the cause

Left simply with our deeds


Does charity help less

If no one sees you give

Or is it the recognition

That brings compassion to fruition

Where others can easily see

The good we think we do


The painter’s name in the corner

Does not give the art its beauty

And sharing should be the same

When caring seen as social duty

Charity does not need a name

What if no one would ever know


21 Responses to “Nameless”
  1. Ah, you bring up many thoughts with this poetry! For me, it’s been more easy to be charitable when I at least have a face to associate with it. I guess that means that seeing the face validates that the charity was appreciated. I still give items to the local thrift stores and donations to the local food pantry, but they aren’t as memorable because I can’t see the benefit of the donation. I have given money to strangers without them ever knowing who I am, and I prefer it that way, to be honest. But still, I can see the appreciation in there eyes and that’s what brings me joy.

    • Brad Osborne says:

      Every gift, whether seen received or the recipient is hidden, is accepted with the same appreciation from the receiver. Do not let the anonymous charity of your heart feel any less important or kind than the joys you witness. Struck blind, would the warmth of giving be any less?

  2. Jim Borden says:

    I usually do a bit of both; for some donations I like to stay anonymous, for others, I’ll share my name. And you’re right, eitehr way makes me feel like I am doing something good, and the recipient is happy to receive the donation…

  3. beth says:

    i do both, but there is a special feeling that comes from just doing something kind anonymously

  4. yassy says:

    Good stuff, Brad. Happy Sunday.

  5. Francisco Bravo Cabrera says:

    So true Brad! So many thinking of charitable work only to gain recognition. When one does an act of charity the right hand should not know what the left one has done…lovely verses, sad reality.

  6. kristianw84 says:

    I prefer to give anonymously. I think a lot of people give for the recognition, and even though I feel they might be giving for the wrong reasons, at least they are charitable. I know the recipient is grateful whether the giver is known or not. Nicely done!

  7. petespringerauthor says:

    Like others, I do both. I do think that having a name attached is good for some charities that I’m committed to. I suppose there is a bit of peer pressure attached to that. The flip side is the general concern of being called by everyone under the sun when we do that. We’ve never received more junk calls (i.e., scammers) than we are right now. I went into the “do not call website,” figuring I just needed to re-up, but I learned there’s nothing you can do to stop this nonsense.

  8. jonicaggiano says:

    This is a lovely piece Brad. Sometimes someone could just use a kind word. People don’t realize the impact they have on others. It shouldn’t take a tv camera to make a difference. Sending you love and hugs my friend. ❤️🤗🦋Jonikins

  9. Mairi says:

    This is lovely and thought provoking….Social Media can often create inauthentic, amplified caring and goodness, which becomes self righteousness….I love the beautiful impermanence of Graffiti and Street Art for all the reasons you describe so well..💙

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