“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





About Léa

A wanderer who has found home and herself in the South of France.
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20 Responses to bonté

  1. glendadoodle says:

    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

  3. Yikes! I forgot to mention the quotes! There is no way I can pick a favourite as all three are fantastic! xxx 😊

  4. 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.

  5. Eileen says:

    sustained warmth
    glaciers can melt
    unless the heart is stone….. lovely. Hope you are well.

  6. journalread says:

    Beautiful words that speak to all – esp like ‘glaciers can melt…unless the heart is stone’ – gorgeous

  7. claudia says:

    so very true… kindness works wonders in the most amazing ways…

  8. Ally says:

    this is beautiful, just what I needed to read today 🙂

  9. When you break life down into memorable pieces it is kindness that is remembered the most. Thanks for sharing your wonderful poem Lea. Hope you are well xxx

  10. beckarooney says:

    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

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