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IS KINDNESS OVERRATED? – or just in the shadows…

on 21/04/2015

SHADOW PEOPLE

Something lies in the shadows…
Behind all the glitter and press,
Beyond all the media power,
Beneath all the rush and the stress.

Something lies in the shadows…
Relentless, persistent and strong,
Intangible, silent and steady,
Never failing and never wrong.

Something lies in the shadows…
Waits patiently all around.
Whatever happens, it’s here to stay,
Gently swaying and keeping its ground.

Something lies in the shadows…
As our history writes its story,
while our lives begin and progress,
it never seeks fame or glory.

Something lies in the shadows…
And scares those who don’t understand.
Some know it but choose to avoid it
And into this fake light they blend.

Something lies in the shadows…
While so many tired and lost
Hope and pray for its presence,
As we pay our daily life’s cost.

But not all we do seldom is hard,
Not all that is hidden is bad,
Not all without spotlight is silly,
Not everything simple is sad.

In the shadows, surprising but constant,
Like sunlight beneath a fog veil,
Like a Christmas carol in the distance –
Kindness waits to regale.

And just as you feel you are low,
And no lower levels exist,
Some shimmer of kindness appears
And makes you fight back and persist.

A random act of kindness,
Unexpected, unasked for, so warm,
Lets you breathe a bit more easily
And quiets your worried mind’s storm.

Just a note or a poem or letter,
A gesture, a present, a smile…
Offered by someone in the shadows
Whose kindness makes you feel like a child.

Shadow people – that’s what I call them,
ordinary superheroes they are,
Selfless and never complaining,
Not asking for a silver star.

Just everyday people around us
Who haven’t forgotten their souls,
Whose ears aren’t deafened by hurry,
Who hear their friends’ worried calls.

Kindness still lies in the shadows.
Let’s fight that it always survives.
May we proudly show it whenever
Let it constantly colour our lives.

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This poem is five years old, and despite the fact that I would now probably edit it for rhythm and style, I still agree with the message. Thanks to all kind people out there, be they in the spotlight or in the shadow.

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