Continue to be kind

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The old virtues will see us right

No act of kindness is ever wasted.

Beautiful eyes look for the good in others

Our words should only encourage

Others in times of trouble, to convince them

That though this planet is alone in space

We, its inhabitants, should never be alone.

Beautiful mouths will pass on kindnesses

To those bereaved or in need of reassurance. 

Knock upon the doors of those who've been

Left behind and let the simple virtues: decency

Lovingkindness speak only words of kindness;

For kindness is the language the deaf can hear

The blind can see. We are all  interconnected,

No man is an island and the ripples of acts

Of kindness make this universe our home. 

If every heart was open, if people had the strength

To show their souls: misunderstandings, hurt, violence

Would evaporate as we learnt to recognize ourself

Not only in those we love but in the frailties of strangers.


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<Deleted User> (21487)

Mon 4th Mar 2019 10:05

"For kindness is the language the deaf can hear the blind can seee"

How I love those words, how true they are,

This why I love this poetry blog I have 'met' so many good people,

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John Marks

Sun 3rd Mar 2019 22:15

Thank you Mae, Jon, Don, Kate, Anya, you are all very kind. But the kindest gift of all was to introduce me to: Kindness
Naomi Shihab Nye, 1952. What a moving poem to come across all unawares, it is beautiful and sad and modest and true:

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..

As our young doctor, Johnny Keats, once remarked: "A thing of beauty is a joy for ever: Its loveliness increases; it will never Pass into nothingness; but still will keep A bower quiet for us, and a sleep Full of sweet dreams, and health, and quiet breathing...".

Thank you.

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Don Matthews

Sun 3rd Mar 2019 21:11

Many true words there John. Especially the last four lines

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Jon Stainsby

Sun 3rd Mar 2019 20:47


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Sun 3rd Mar 2019 20:05

Beautiful John and a wonderful theme. This brings me in mind of one of my favourites.

Naomi Shihab Nye, 1952
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.
How you ride and ride
thinking the bus will never stop,
the passengers eating maize and chicken
will stare out the window forever.

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.

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 gaze at 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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Mae Foreman

Sun 3rd Mar 2019 19:57

"Because I'm involved in mankind and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls, it tolls for thee!"
Lovely John🎈
"The frailty of strangers".
Thank you for this

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keith jeffries

Sun 3rd Mar 2019 19:54


Thank you for an excellent poem which describes a virtue which is always for the betterment of society. These are words to be applauded.

Thank you


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