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Before You Know What Kindness Really Is

On Apr 19, 2011 Kathryn wrote:

The part of the poem that referred to sorrow - I have experienced that sorrow. I lost my son, and the sorrow that sprang forth from my being was beyond anything that words can express. These words of Nye's capture it as best as anything:

Before you know kindness as the deepest thing inside,
you must know sorrow as the other deepest thing.
You must wake up with sorrow.
You must speak to it till your voice
catches the thread of all sorrows
and you see the size of the cloth.

This cateclysmic event in my heart enabled me to become even more kind and compassionate than ever before. This poem is so powerful to me.


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