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.