I have just read a beautiful kindness poem by Naomi Shihab Nye that speaks of heritage and peace and how kindness can only be felt keenly when it’s absence is also felt – like love and loss I suppose.
It got me thinking about the power of hope in relation to despair and how we must cling to the positives and put courage and action behind them to help them overcome.
Why we need a kindness poem
I think we need a kindness poem right now don’t we a big bursting kindness poem to spread across our earth and help us be so gentle and helpful and sweet to each other to fight the despair and isolation so many feel
The world is so in need of a great deal more kindness right now – lets take a look at some writing that will move and inspire us to greater kindness and compassion
A Kindness Poem by Emily Dickinson
This poem by Emily Dickinson about kindness is lighter and sweeter but really just as magnificent
I shall not live in vain;
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
How lovely is that.
Empathy – A kindness poem by George Eliot
This poem by George Eliot is about kindness too and the absolute breath of kindness inherent in a good friend
Oh, the comfort, the inexpressible
Comfort of feeling safe with a person,
Having neither to weight thoughts,
Nor measure words–but pouring them
All right out–just as they are
Chaff and grain together,
Certain that a faithful hand will
Take and sift them,
Keep what is worth keeping,
And with the breath of kindness
Blow the rest away.
A kindness poem from Becky Goddard-Hill
My kindness poem is about unkindness too and how it brings us all down and how our earth needs a kindness poem now more than ever and we must sing it loud…
It is easy when tired or scared or utterly desolate to speak words of bitterness about others,
to think badly of them, to wish them undoing, to shove them around to kick them hard
even f it is just in your mind
they feel it
It is easy when jealous and empty and confused by another’s actions, to blame, point fingers, slander
to unleash the heavy, staining, bad breath of unkindness onto another
It is easy and it can feel good, righteous for a moment there.
A release of all your own unhappiness, fear, torment.
Ah, but who are we kidding,
We know inside our souls the absence of our kindness makes us so very ashamed
how it hurts hearts and breaks bond and fractures friendships
To breathe words that are cruel upon others, to slam doors, shout, refuse to help, blame and belittle
to isolate, ignore, use, abuse
it makes us all feel so very small in the end.
We, more than ever need to let our hearts boom and
beat to the very beat with kindness, praise, gratitude, love, light, compassion and understanding
We must lean in to to hear the beat of that different drummer
that may have grown faint and quiet but with our listening grows stronger, prouder
Then how we will rise (all of us) with the strong, fierce lightness of kindness like a beautiful cake filled with promise of the taste of delicious delight.
A kindness poem upon the world is what we need to sing, powerfully but breezily letting it spread, spread, spread till the earth sings it back to us
Till everyone sings a kindness poem back to us,
to mend those broken hearts, to heal the broken bonds, to unite us,
to bring us back to falling in love with ourselves and each other.
Create Your own Kindness
I do hope you have enjoyed this post on the delights of a kindness poem and may you sing one loud upon the world with all your actions today and always.
I have actually written a book about kindness for kids called Create You Own Kindness which you might want to take a look at: it teaches them to be kind to themselves and to others and in fact the whole world. If we can start our kids off on a journey of kindness when they are young what a gift they will bring to the world. Really nothing matters more.
Further reading for you on issues around kindness (let us fill our world with it!)
The world needs kindess so let us give it a great deal of focus and attention, read about it, talk about ti and share it far and wide.
and another post I have created on the best kindness books for kids
Ted talk on Kindness
I thought you might like to see this TED talk on kindness too – I found it very inspiring