“Always be a little kinder than necessary.”  – J.M. Barrie

“I have learned silence from the talkative, toleration from the intolerant, and kindness from the unkind; yet, strange, I am ungrateful to those teachers.”  -Kahlil Gibran

“Kindness is the language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”  – Mark Twain



kindness is genuine

it cannot be measured

always freely given

from a heart

with intimate knowledge

of life’s joy,

sorrow and pain


pain leaves scars

just because you

cannot see

don’t repudiate

their existence

built on a foundation

of ignorance or denial


those who enslave

insist on your ignorance

yet the first to deny


scars became malignant

conscience decomposed

replaced by anger

its appetite insatiable


striking out

injures the innocent

the guilty take umbrage

constipated cognition

toxic input, toxic

as it strikes

a predatory response



can be contagious

spread it around

perhaps slowly with some

glaciers can melt

in the presence of

sustained warmth

unless the heart is stone




Author: Léa

A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.

20 thoughts on “bonté”

  1. I love some of your imagery here Léa, constipated cognition and conscience decomposed are killers! 🙂 x

  2. This is a fabulous poem Lea, and Im so pleased you decided to post it!

    Kindness is indeed contagious and we all need to do our best to spread it around. And being kind makes us feel good too, not in an egotistic way, but the way it enhances our own well being I think. There is so much hate in the world; what is wrong with all these people? I know the answer isn’t simple but I become quite distraught with it all. Having said that, there is still much kindness around too. xxx

    1. Kindness is something you spread where you go and wherever your words go. There is no such thing as too much as long as it is genuine. 🙂 xxx

  3. I love kindness, and I love the word “kindness”–an English word that seems almost untranslatable to other languages. It has in it the smaller word “kin” which reminds me that all humans are kin, are kindred souls.

  4. Fantastic! True kindness is rare these days yet one of the most wonderful gifts we can give is an act of kindness. . . Love the Mark Twain quote xx

    1. Kindness costs nothing but the rewards are great. You may have noticed that I’m a bit of a fan of Twain. xx

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