Life-saving Kindness

Written for DVerse’s haibun Monday, for which we are reminiscing about kindness.


What constitutes kindness? A quick note, a smile, a song, words affirming worth. Even someone simply saying my name, telling me “I see you;” or someone placing a blanket gently over my body while I am nearly sleeping. Or someone calling me after a desperate text-message cry for help at 10:30 at night. I’m alive because of all these acts of care and kindness.


Winter chills my bones.

Keep me warm with your own coat,

My heart perseveres.


5 thoughts on “Life-saving Kindness

  1. I apologize for getting to your submission so late. I lost internet (!) yesterday during the prompt and just got it back sometime early this morning. Keep me warm with your own coat…oh how that line reminds me of the time I gave my winter coat away to a woman on the street in just a miserable little cotton sweater to keep her warm. It felt good to give it away to her.

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