Be Kind, Be Kind, Be Kind, Be Kind

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. “ – Ian Maclaren

Since I first read the “Be Kind” quote in Billy’s obituary, the ‘Be Kind’ theme seems to pop up in the most unlikely places. Today I came across the poem Be Kind  by Michael Blumenthal during my morning reading.

Blumenthal, a lawyer turned poet from Vineland, New Jersey, begins the poem referencing a Henry James quote:

Not merely because Henry James said

there were but four rules of life-

be kind, be kind, be kind, be kind – but

because it’s good for the soul, and,

what’s more, for others…

And ends with this advice:

Oh friends, take

whatever kindness you can find

and be profligate in its expenditure:

It will not drain your limited resources,

I assure you, it will not leave you vulnerable

and unfurled, with only your sweet little claws

to defend yourselves, and your wet little noses,

and your eyes to the ground, and your little feet.

The only thing I will add to that is — Be Kind.


About Jim Brennan

Jim is a Philadelphia-based writer, author, poet and editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
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2 Responses to Be Kind, Be Kind, Be Kind, Be Kind

  1. Mark Mangan says:

    Happy “World Kindness Day”!


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