[Poetry Friday] Naomi Shihab Nye On Kindness

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Fats here.

This month, my library is celebrating its 3rd Annual May It Forward Kindness and Gratitude Challenge. In lieu of this, I want to share excerpts from a poem by Naomi Shihab Nye entitled, “Kindness.”

Many thanks to Margaret Simon of Reflections on the Teche for hosting the Poetry Friday round-up this week!

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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.

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.

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 everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.

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1 Comment on [Poetry Friday] Naomi Shihab Nye On Kindness

  1. What an awesome smile! You, Naomi, and Bob are so right, Fats. Sounds like a great celebration at your library.

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