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Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Kindness and Sorrow - Naomi Shihab Nye


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 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 crown 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.

Naomi Shihab Nye
from: Words Under the Words: Selected Poems
[this is only an excerpt from one of the poems
in that collection].

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  1. Recognition,tanks for sharing,encouraging!

    1. Good to see you here again! Tanks for your comment :)


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