If everyone reading this gave $3,
we could keep Wikipedia thriving for years to come.
We show other charities love–
so why don’t we show Wikipedia some?
It’s a strange place to be when people
would rather spend $3 on coffee than have
all knowledge in human existence
& possibly even beyond in their hands.
It’s a strange place to be when a world-renown, free service
asks for mere pocket change
to keep up its servers and in exchange we turn away.
A huge banner ad:
Please, just help us,
Please, you know us,
Please, just show us what you’d like instead.
Isn’t a coffee a fair trade for pages like:
bedhead, bobsleds, white bread, screw thread, and homestead?
From pieces on carnivals, cardinals, and remarkables
to “frequently viewed mathematical articles”.
What more could you want in a place that can put into words
the vastness of space in words so terse:
While the spatial size of the entire Universe is still unknown,
it is possible to measure the observable universe.
What’s a thousand-page books in a thousand-volume series
to you, mere reader, if all you have to do is look
to Wikiepedia.org for all your queries?
What’s a coffee to you?