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Kindness


by Naomi Shihab Nye

Kindness

Before you know what kindness really is
you must lose things,
feel the future dissolve in a moment
like salt in a weakened broth.
What you held in your hand,
what you counted and carefully saved,
all this must go so you know
how desolate the landscape can be
between the regions of kindness.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in a white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.

Then it is only kindness that makes sense anymore,
only kindness that ties your shoes
and sends you out into the day to mail letters and purchase bread,
only kindness that raises its head
from the crowd of the world to say
it is I you have been looking for,
and then goes with you every where
like a shadow or a friend.

Posted: 03/30/2016 at 12:25PM



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Kindness -- Portland 03/30/2016 12:25PM
  So beautiful - made my day ** -- cswilliam 03/30/2016 11:31PM
  I cannot stop reading it -- cswilliam 03/30/2016 11:42PM
  I had a feeling you would love it. -- Portland 03/31/2016 3:46PM
  Another thought....... -- Galway 03/30/2016 10:01PM
  Re: Kindness -- DB 03/30/2016 3:53PM
  Compassion springs from pain ** -- cswilliam 03/30/2016 11:36PM
  And from love ** -- buffdad 03/31/2016 08:15AM
  Yes...... ** -- Gateway 03/30/2016 11:54PM
  Gate, this is today, a trip on the lake -- buffdad 03/30/2016 8:57PM
  Re: Gate, this is today, a trip on the lake -- Gateway 03/30/2016 11:42PM
  I know it is there -- buffdad 03/31/2016 07:54AM
  Re: I know it is there -- Gateway 03/31/2016 1:42PM
  I don't ask for it -- buffdad 03/31/2016 8:56PM
  Re: I don't ask for it -- Gateway 03/31/2016 11:10PM
  Thanks Gate. I was thinking about your comment -- buffdad 04/01/2016 12:24PM
  And there is no avoiding suffering. -- Portland 03/30/2016 4:49PM
  Yes, there is a way to not suffer -- buffdad 03/30/2016 5:43PM
  Re: Yes, there is a way to not suffer -- Gateway 03/30/2016 7:20PM
  Yes -- buffdad 03/30/2016 8:19PM
  Thank you bd. I know you get it. ** -- Gateway 03/30/2016 11:44PM
  You are one tough mother , God bless you ** ** -- knuckledragger 03/30/2016 7:34PM
  Thank you.... ** -- Gateway 03/30/2016 7:52PM
  Very true....being kind is like a lost art... ** -- Gateway 03/30/2016 3:36PM
  I'll give you a heartfelt plus... ** -- buffdad 03/30/2016 2:25PM
  I gave her a + for ya -- DB 03/30/2016 7:38PM
  Beautiful poem. Thank you ** -- Buffs4Ever 03/30/2016 2:19PM
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