Kindness?

Photograph: Keith Morris/Alamy

Photograph: Keith Morris/Alamy

She sits quietly on the park bench

drinking a cup of rot-gut gas station coffee

to keep the cold and the monsters at bay

no matter her story or for that matter yours

can you spare her more than your indifference?

perhaps a smile or a kind word could brighten both of your days

 ♥

~Melanie Blackwell

“No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.” ~Aesop

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18 responses to “Kindness?

  1. This is a lovely poem…..very perfect words chosen…..You did a beautiful job 🙂 xx

  2. Very honest and true, it is definitely a call worth heeding.

  3. Indifference…powerful word. I just wish it wasn’t the label for much of our society at this time. Excellent wake-up call.

  4. the question mark says it all

  5. Soughik

    Do I want to know her, even acknowledge her existence on this planet? Only if I want to know myself and affirm my own aliveness…..she represents everyone of us regardless of gender, age or any of the man-made categories that superficially defines us.

    We all came to this world, not withstanding how we did, wanting to be loved and accepted. There are many human acts that depending on the community we live in, are termed as crime. But Isn’t it interesting that “indifference” toward another human being that sometimes can have as dire a consequence as a crime is even at times rationalized as “self preservation”, so that we can prove what? Isn’t it true that everyone of us is already separate from each other by just the fact that our spirit is encased in our physical body? For those who search spirituality one way or another, some may say if you believe, you are never alone. But even within this context of belief, we were not created alone or did not evolve in our aloneness depending on what again we believe how we happened on this planet. Spirituality only has meaning when it is lived within the context of positive human interaction which then forms the basis of life-giving relationships. How can I go to a park and enjoy my experience while I ignore someone whose posture is screaming of his/her loneliness? How can I eat anything nutritious and be able to swallow and digest well, while so many are hungry, whether I actually see them or not? Do I have to feed the world or smile at everyone who seems lonely or hungry? Even if I wanted to, it would be unrealistic for me to do it by myself. It seems like it all comes down to the fact that, yes we are all interconnected therefore have responsibility, for the survival of a “loving human race”, to reach out to each other with whatever we can and whichever loving way we are able to. Even just a genuine smile can vibrate one’,s world to get mobilized. Even a gentle push to someone’s wheelchair may start the engine of life not to want to die in loneliness. ………….I invite you all who may read this, please do an act of kindness today before it is too late, tomorrow will bring its own wave of lonely hearts for you to share a few minute of life-giving force.

    Everyday without kindness is a day not lived. Do you consider yourself alive? If you do, then you can be!

    …..

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    • Soughik,

      Thank you so much for your in-depth, thoughtful comments!

      You said: “she represents everyone of us regardless of gender, age or any of the man-made categories that superficially defines us.”
      EXACTLY that is why i chose a picture not showing a woman’s face just the back of her head…shouldn’t matter.

      You said:
      “But Isn’t it interesting that “indifference” toward another human being that sometimes can have as dire a consequence as a crime”
      So true! Reminds me of the quote, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Edmund Burke

      And thank you for your lovely call to action!!!!

  6. Hi Melanie. Thank you for liking my poem ‘ The Bailiff’. Best Wishes. The Foureyed Poet.

  7. Haven’t we all been that person on the bench, invisible and alone?

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