kind woman

the train was packed this morning
when it finally cleared a little,
a family walked onto the train.
a woman with two children.
one child got a seat.
the other did not.
an elderly woman got up
and pointed at the seatless child
towards her seat.
she knew not their language
she knew the language of kindness
the child did not understand at first
but when he sat down
i saw the awe in his eyes and
his big smile
i think this woman changed him
somehow, i think he understood
this language of kindness
i hope he learns to speak this language
for the rest of his life.
she stood next to me
and i looked at her face
she blinked the same blink
as if nothing was different
could she be this naive?
could I be this jaded?


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