The prompts reminded me of this poem I wrote a few years ago. A friend used the words to write a song. I was honored. The assignment for this poem was Ghazal style.
One word today, a smile tomorrow
can change the course of a life
twenty years later, a life has evolved
Starting with YOUR word, act, gesture –Ruth Klein
One act of kindness, I want only one.
A sandwich shows kindness! It takes only one!
Sitting on a bench crying, alone.
A hug, a hankie! It takes only one!
Shivering in the rain, cold to the bone.
A suspended coffee, an umbrella! It takes only one!
Downcast eyes, shuffling, disheveled, not stoned.
A smile, a dollar! It takes only one!
Tripping and falling, painful scraped knees, a moan.
Some salve, a band aid! It takes only one!
She stumbled and fell, her hair is undone.
A gentle tone, a comb! It takes only one!
She rants and she raves. She talks ‘til she’s done.
A listening ear! It takes only one!
It’s dark and she’s scared to walk home alone.
A companion, a call! It takes only one!
One object, or act; one place or a word;
Compassion, dear friend. It takes only one!
by Ruth Klein 2/11/2013
4 April 2018 @RuthEK
“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”
– Dalai Lama XIV