G-d aboard the B train 

My daughter eagerly rises to share her seat
although rider in-need-of seat doesn’t see her do so
and just settles in as though

she simply deserves a prize from the MTA

and there is no tired teenage girl exercising kindness

in a place where kindness is not always easy to come by

 

I see it, another passenger sees it

and beams a smile at me — mom

 

I smile back to my daughter who notices

the smiler, smiling at me

 

We all look toward seat-prize lady

who ignores us with a stoic stare

of the small yet significant kindness

entirely unaware

 

It’s all perfectly OK and how it should be

as G-d sees and truly smiles–

He’s also aboard the B.

 

“The world is built by loving kindness.”  ~Psalms 89:3

 

Central Park Splendor, April 3, 2018 (Courtesy)
About the Author
Chana holds an M.S. in Special Education. Her innovative poems, essays and lectures reflect two and a half decades of experience working with students of all ages and abilities. Chana's writing has been published on Chabad.org, meaningfullife.com as well as in The Canadian Jewish News, The Jewish Press, and AMI. As a longtime volunteer with the Friendship Circle, Chana was recognised by the Ontario Legislature for “bringing a smile to the faces of children with special needs.” Although Chana 's "heart is in the east" she currently lives with her with her family in Toronto.
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