Only One! (Ghazal style)

Only One!

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

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 cup of 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!

“If you think you are too small to make a difference, try sleeping with a mosquito.”

– Dalai Lama XIV


Ghazal style – by Ruth 2/11/2013 – revised 4/23/2013 Written following professor’s class instructions.  Reblogged today to submit for dVerse challenge.

Note: *dear friend, is using the meaning of my name – Ruth, instead of my name.

24 thoughts on “Only One! (Ghazal style)

  1. Hi Ruth!
    What a pleasure to read this poem today. I am finding each one I read is unique to the poet writing it. Yours, too, is different from every other. At first I thought of it as “Call and Response” but indeed it is not; nevertheless, it has that litany feel to it. Each couplet is an aspect of kindness, and every refrain is a blessing; with every one there is a deepening understanding of the difference a small gesture can make. The quotation of the Dalai Lama expands that realization. I think this is an excellent and innovative ghazal. I give it top marks! Kudos.

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  2. I see in this a call to be loving to those we might otherwise pass by without a second glance…we don’t/can’t know another’s story if we don’t have a willingness to listen!

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