Love Kindness

 

He has told you, O mortal, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you

but to do justice, and to love kindness,  and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah 6:8

A few times a month I serve at Cornerstone Day Center. Conerstone provides meals and resources for people who are homeless in the community.  Last week, I was serving soup and a man came up to me with a huge grin on his face. I smiled back and asked him if he would like any soup. He shook his head and asked me if I wanted to read some poems he wrote. There was no one else in line to receive soup, so I accepted his offer and he handed me a large stack of papers. I began to read his poems; poems filled with love, pain, frustration, rejection, and hope. While reading his poems, his story began to unfold in my hands. Through rhymes, alliterations, and similes his story came to life. We talked about his inspirations for the poems and the beauty of poetry. Writing poetry is a way for him to express his experiences. Hearing someone’s story isn’t always in the form of asking questions. Sharing stories is expressed in a number of ways and I found there to be so much power in creative forms, such as poetry.

I asked him if I could share one of his poems and he smiled, “Yes, show the world more beauty.”

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[The Cornerstone of Heaven]

When I was hungry and alone

A friend took me to the cornerstone

As I sat down all alone

A women called Bridget noticed me

And she sat down and talked to me

Sometimes a word is all it takes

To raise some ones spirit

It’s never too late

I have never forget this encounter

And I tried to emulate their kindness

To help others if I can

And be like these people

And be kind to others

Too all the women and all the men

And treat them all just like brothers

 

One of the reasons this poem caught my attention was his focus on the relationship he made at Conerstone. He could have written about receiving a warm meal or clothes, but it was the kindness another human showed him that impacted him the most.

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