river of kindness

river of kindness
note to self

you know this—
kindness is the way
the only way for you

the deer strips
the little apple tree
of many branches
for a moment, you
contemplate venison
stew—catch yourself
blush

there is no vendetta
they are doing what
deer do
remember—
be a river of kindness

and erect a stronger
fence to shield the tree

2022 ©Amrita Skye Blaine
I’m writing a poem a day. These are drafts—not final versions.

I welcome comments and discussion!

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