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


19 Responses to “Nameless”
  1. beth says:

    yes to being an anonymous helper/supporter wherever possible. it shows the purity of the act.

  2. Words I understand well. Wanting to be noticed for your charity can be seen as selfish – a sort of win/win situation – the charity gets what it needs and you get recognition as being a ‘hero’ of sorts. Giving anonymously shows that you simply want to do what you can to help others without gaining recognition for it.

  3. kristianw84 says:

    I love anonymous giving! Not to say that everyone who is noticed for their charity does so for recognition, but anonymously giving can never be argued as anything other than genuine kindness. Well done, my dear friend! ❤

  4. Jim Borden says:

    I’m a fan of anonymous giving. I think many times the recipient prefers that people do not stay anonymous so that they can say “Hey, look; so and so just gave X amount.”

  5. Never let you right hand know what your left hand is doing (I guess it may be the other way for you right-handed people). Lovely work indeed my friend!

  6. petespringerauthor says:

    I like the saying, “Do the right thing, even if no one is watching.”

  7. A conundrum for sure. Sometimes good comes from standing up publicly and being counted when you support a worthy cause, especially one that is controversial and if your name lends credibility. Anonymity can sometimes be its own vanity.

  8. jonicaggiano says:

    So often the case unfortunately. “God loves a cheerful giver,” beautiful piece of writing. Hugs, Jonikins

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