I Want To Remember

Two encounters with young men

of a race different from mine –

with one, my tone caused pain.

Later, he spoke of his hurt and anger.

I am grateful he took the time to tell me.

With the other, I was standing

by my car’s raised trunk lid, trying

to lift forty pounds of birdseed

when he hurried over and did it for me.

I am grateful he took the time to help me.

I want to remember to take the time

to treat others with the same openness

and care they each showed me.



This entry was posted in poetry.

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