Kindness and loss

Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Rafiki, Jul 24, 2007.

  1. Rafiki

    Rafiki New Member

    Naomi Shihab Nye

    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 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.
  2. sisland

    sisland New Member

    I can relate!,,,,,Thanks for posting this!
    [This Message was Edited on 07/24/2007]
  3. mezombie

    mezombie Member

    Thanks for posting this, Rafiki!
  4. Rafiki

    Rafiki New Member

    by one of my wonderful kids.

    I think it has a special resonance for us. I know that all my former plans to become, or even continue to be, this or that have all been altered so that the only plan I have now is to become more kind.

    Gandhi said: Kindness is my only religion. Gandhi suffered, too.

    Peace to all,
  5. 1sweetie

    1sweetie New Member

    for sharing. You are a kind person. I'm sure you were kind before you lost anything.
  6. Rafiki

    Rafiki New Member

    1sweetie, you never change... always true to your handle! I am a work in progress but there is hope for me yet.

    Overwhelm, Oh my! With all that loss, kindness must really want to be your friend. Sometimes it just doesn't pay to be popular;~)

    Peace to the lovely kind friends,

    PS will most likely be gone for a bit for various reasons. Take good care of yourselves!