Charity Trip

By Chandler Wakefield


We come in pieces of burlap knapsacks

from Trader Joe’s made into dolls.

We come as shoes worn and worn through,

T-shirts from foreign sports teams

that none of the kids know. We come as NGOs

fighting foreign foes we funded in the first place.

We come as woke high schoolers

fixing a basketball court destroyed by a

stealth bomber. A child walks up to me,

looks at me, asks “Who are you?”

I grin and tell her I’m here to help,

then go back to pouring gravel into a hole.

I don’t tell her what my name is.

I don’t tell her what I’ve taken from her.


Chandler Wakefield is a first-year in Grace Hopper College. Contact him at