A Sunday Poem: “Be Kind”


Management says

random acts of kindness

go a long way.


I check the list.


“Ask a colleague about their family”


Should I ask Frank,

whose son got expelled

for bullying?


Perhaps Margaret,

who’s going through a nasty divorce?


Or maybe Jason,

who hasn’t found love

and at 43 still lives with his parents?


“Buy a plant for a common area at work”


That one seems easy.

May wait for October 17

until it’s legal.



(Editor’s note: poet Shai Ben-Shalom, an Israeli-born biologist, examines current events in the Blacklock’s tradition each and every Sunday)

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