Only Kindness

Marin County
At the beach with Scott
From Kindness
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 everywhere
like a shadow or a friend.
-Naomi Shihab Nye

 

Published by As the Road Wanders

Travel Blogger and Traveler

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