as I walk towards you
with a bag on my back
what sufferings it contains.
as we meet and smile in greeting
what experiences I carry with me
that weigh me down and
colour what future I meet.
as I receive your acknowledging smile
what a difference it can make
helps me forget my troubles and
notice something joyful.
where the kindness you share today ends
and who it gets passed on to
who really needs it.
how much lighter I feel
having shared your presence
how different the world could be
if we shared joys, simple kindness and
a recognition of shared humanity.
© 1 Dec 15