Wednesday, March 15, 2017

March 15, 2017 Poets United Midweek Motif/The Kindness of Strangers

The Kindness of Strangers

i can only say     i have never met a stranger that wasn't kind      perhaps it is because

there is no connection      it is all rather superficial                the kindness of strangers

why wouldn't a stranger be kind    they don't know you      most people don't just kick dogs

but can be cruel to the ones they say they love     it has happened      i have heard it said

there are those who treat their own pets      friends & family            in very unkind ways

who else would take it       who else would not walk away        keep coming back for more

i suppose there are reasons        though unknown to me         after all kindness is free

it really doesn't cost anything         and we all have it                     why not give it away

when i go out           i can be certain i will always find                 the kindness of strangers

perhaps there is an implied warning here    don't get too close         keep your distance

March 15, 2015


  1. Annell, I think the reason that more people aren't kind, to others, is because they have to invest time, to do so. Something, they're not willing do so, even for, their own love ones.

  2. Chilling isn't it, to think only love makes a person come back to suffer more unkindness...nicely written Annell.

  3. "after all kindness is free" indeed! And therein lies a paradox--must we keep our distance in order to find the benign side of human relation? Not to risk everything in search of it? Deep, deep. Thank you.

  4. Some think kindness of strangers must be a grandiose gesture, when really the smallest can be as kind. I loved your words! I find small kindnesses are most often returned.

  5. This is an interesting perspective. It is true, families can be much harder on us than those out in the world. I love "we all have it. Why not give it away?"

  6. But ofcourse we have kindness in our hearts to give others, why should we hold back :) Lovely write.

  7. I especially like the last two lines.

  8. nicely put...i agree kindness costs nothing and itself is priceless....

  9. What comes across to me in your poem is this message: There is kindness everywhere, if only we open our eyes. I like the attitude of the speaker in the poem: no fear of strangers, only an eagerness to see the kindness.

  10. You are lucky you have not met strangers who weren't kind. I have met a few. Interesting that you seem to think that strangers would be more kind than those we become close to. I will have to ponder this a bit. It could be true....