Kindness — by Naomi Shihab Nye

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Kindness — by Naomi Shihab Nye

Post by Welles » Tue Jan 08, 2019 10:24 pm

"Kindness" was the most Popular Poem on Poets.org in 2018

Kindness — Naomi Shihab Nye

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.
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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 gaze at 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 everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.

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Re: Kindness — by Naomi Shihab Nye

Post by Sandy » Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:16 am

Wow! :happy
Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves. All things are bound together. All things connect.

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Re: Kindness — by Naomi Shihab Nye

Post by Seeker13 » Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:30 am

Welles,
… This one was very difficult to get through, stayed for a time, and touched one of those very deep places.

Kim
And Spirit whispered, "There are no limits."

We are akin to the aspen forests, seemingly separated but in actuality, one organism.

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