Shelter-in-Place Poem #2: If William Carlos Williams Took a Tax Deduction
The author Herman Wouk once said, “Income tax returns are the most imaginative fiction being written today.” One thing’s for sure: there’s nothing poetic about filing taxes.
Unless, that is, you’re an imaginary 21st century version of William Carlos Williams, toiling over deductions as lockdown wears on.
This is Just to Say (2020 version)
I didn’t itemize
my 2020 deductions
because I lost my shoebox of receipts
along with my mind
but all I can do is binge Netflix and bake
and the IRS
is so confusing
and so cold
Here’s something that might ease alternate-reality Williams’ stress: thanks to the 2020 CARES Act, for this year only you can deduct up to $300 off your taxes for a charitable donation! That’s the case even if you don’t “itemize” your taxes but take the standard deduction, as 90% of us now do.
This is just to say: we appreciate and very much need your support.
Williams’ original from 1934:
I have eaten
that were in
you were probably
they were delicious
and so cold
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