since funding is first

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(after E. E. Cummings)


since funding is first
who gives any attention
to the substance of things
is never going to pay you;

wholly to be a tool
while grants are in the world

the boss approves;
donations are a better fate
than virtue

child i swear by our funders. Don’t cry
– the great zeal in our hearts is less than
your monthly timesheet which says
we’re renewed next year; then
laugh, leaning back in my chair
our funds are provided for
and clients i guess are not priorities

David R. Wolf is an attorney, activist, and four-plus-year veteran of the nonprofit industrial complex. He serves as recording clerk of Pima Monthly Meeting in Tucson, AZ (IMYM).

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