We have lovely next-door neighbours, who are elderly and have suffered ill health, but they are always there for us. Soon after we moved in seventeen years ago, they invited us to a birthday party. When we go away, they have a key in case of emergencies. If I arrive home and they happen to be in their front garden, they wave, call out a friendly hello or stop for a chat.
When our cat Tosca died, they posted a card through the door, and did the same thing when I gave them a copy of an anthology containing one of my poems. They are keen gardeners and leave bags of beans and other vegetables by the back door. They are also ardent Norwich City football fans and my husband brings them back a programme whenever he commentates at a home match, for which they are always grateful.
harvest is over
flowers and vegetables
Kim M. Russell, 2017
My response to dVerse Poets Pub Haibun Monday: Kindness
Today Toni is our host and would like us to write about kindness. She says we all could do with some kindness in this harsh world and has given us a couple of quotations as inspiration:
“Whoever you are, I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” Blanche Dubois in A Streetcar Named Desire.
Winnie the Pooh: “A little consideration, a little thought for others makes all the difference.”
She has also given us a personal anecdote.
What Toni would like us to do, in haibun format (tight paragraphs with a haiku at the end) in no more than 150 words, is write about actual kindness that was done for us or that we did for someone. She wants us to flood the universe with instances of kindness – and she’ll even forgive us if the haiku does not have seasonal word in it!