give something precious

give something precious
note to self

give your attention
spread kindness wide
save the wee bird
that spilled from the nest
be bountiful in this
wounded world
share a smile, a soft
word—phone your ill
friend, warm her sphere
giving will fill you to
overflow
crack yourself open, be
a torrent of tenderness
use yourself up—
your well is replenished
again, again, and again

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

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.