Civility As The New Politic

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NEXT NEED

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This morning I saw a dirty man.

I said hello

Partly to assuage the awkward guilt

I felt

At feeling so good myself

When he was not.

Also-

I wanted my tiny hello

To wash him clean

Buy him stylish new clothes

Have his hair cut

By the tenderest of hands

Be a prayer

Feed him

And then set him free

To pay it forward

Like I knew he would

Because kindness is like that;

Never static

It can not help its’self

But to address

the nearest

Next need.

Like a hermit crab

Kindness expands

With each deposit

Crawling intently

To discover its next

Home

Residing there

Only until

The pressure gets too taut

And we must give again

To save ourselves.

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6 Responses to “Civility As The New Politic”

  1. Joe on June 20th, 2018

    Pay it forward has always worked for me ????????

  2. Brenda on June 20th, 2018

    Well said and isn’t that the truth. To save ourselves. Your beauty in the observation is our gift. Thank you.

  3. CaroleZoom on June 20th, 2018

    We park I’m town at a lot where a hot person has to sit in a booth to process parking payments. When I’m parked at this lot I’m always going to the grocery store so I add a bottle of cold lemonade to my groceries and pass it to the attendant in the tiny booth when I check out. Such a tiny kindness. They seem do surprised every time. It’s a delight.

  4. CaroleZoom on June 20th, 2018

    We park in town at a lot where a hot person has to sit in a booth to process parking payments. When I’m parked at this lot I’m always going to the grocery store so I add a bottle of cold lemonade to my groceries — pass it to the attendant in the tiny booth when I check out. Such a tiny kindness. They seem do surprised every time. It’s a delight.

  5. Barbara McDaniel on June 22nd, 2018

    yes, it’s like that :o)

  6. Dennis Chamberlain on June 29th, 2018

    Very nice. I am sure you made him smile, just as you make all of us smile.

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