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Poem 43: Tenderness

A kind word on a tough day

A soft touch on the top of your hand

A gentle crease in the corner of the eyes of a stranger

A squatting down to pick the earthworm off the sidewalk

And place it into the cool grass of the yard

A genuine chuckle at a friend’s joke

A text message just because

A closing of the laptop to walk outside with no reason at all

A waving of someone else through the four-way stop

An allowing of grace

A moment of worthiness

Alive and stirring

Inside the reality of this

Achingly beautiful life

Even when we’re left

With just the ache

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