stay soft

Be soft. Do not let the world make you hard. Do not let pain make you hate. Do not let the bitterness steal your sweetness. Take pride that even though the rest of the world may disagree, you still believe it to be a beautiful place.”                                                       – Kurt Vonnegut


stay soft

stay soft

be a sieve

to bitterness

let it run off you

like water

on glass

stay soft

turn away

from the pains

that harden

a mind so swayed

reach out to

hold a kitten

hear its mews

as a call to peace

stay soft

tread your footsteps

gently on the earth

les oiseaux

sing eternal truths

listen, listen, listen

you can still learn 

open yourself, let love in

whistling in the wind

secrets softly whisper



Author: Léa

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

9 thoughts on “stay soft”

  1. Beautiful words Lea. My Dad always said there is value in being a gentle person and to fight against the way life treats us by NOT turning into a hard ass. He said the world needs us gentle souls. My daughter is a gentle soul and I hope life’s experiences does not change that.

    1. Kath, your dad sounds like someone I would have enjoyed knowing. He must be a lovely man. Life is filled with broken roads and barbs at every turn. I just try to smooth the journey as best I can. She probably won’t change, especially if she realises that it is a choice. I chose not to be like those about me at a very early age and that is etched deeply and part of who I am.

  2. Beautiful and encouraging when the world is so full of conflict and hate. Thank you, Lea. Hope our virtual hugs and caring across the miles are comforting you and helping you stay soft,just as you are doing for us.

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