Small Kindnesses

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A poem by Danusha Laméris, 2019 (bold highlights made by this blogger):

I’ve been thinking about the way, when you walk down a crowded aisle, people pull in their legs to let you by.

Or how strangers still say “bless you” when someone sneezes, a leftover from the Bubonic plaque. “Don’t die,” we are saying.

And sometimes when you spill lemons from your grocery bag, someone else will help you pick them up.

Mostly we don’t want to harm each other.

We want to be handed our cup of coffee hot, and to say thank you to the person handing it. To smile at them and for them to smile back.

For the waitress to call us honey when she sets down the bowl of clam chowder, and for the driver in the red pickup truck to let us pass.

We have so little of each other now. So far from tribe and fire. Only these brief moments of exchange.

What if they are the true dwelling of the holy, these fleeting temples we make together when we say, “Here, have my seat,” “Go ahead – you first,” “I like your hat.”


4 thoughts on “Small Kindnesses

    Book Club Mom said:
    September 19, 2022 at 5:46 pm

    This is beautiful, Irene and a beautiful concept. I”m often lifted by these fleeting exchanges.

    Liked by 1 person

      Irene Olson responded:
      September 19, 2022 at 7:22 pm

      Me too! ❤️ It doesn’t take much to lift one’s’ day, does it?

      Liked by 1 person

    Jill Weatherholt said:
    September 19, 2022 at 10:42 am

    Beautiful poem, Irene. Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

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