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Before You Know What Kindness Really Is

On Apr 21, 2011 Pavi wrote:

 Nye is a magician-poet. She turns words into wisdom. Gentle and sharp at the same time.

The first time I stumbled across this poem it prompted me to scribble this one:

Before you know gratitude really is
You must accumulate things, yes
Feel your possessions pile up in a moment
Like feather mattresses for a princess.
Walking, what you clutch in your hands
What you heave onto your back must
Grow unbearably heavy
Turning your footsteps towards

That place where thankfulness 
Becomes necessity and all
Burdens turn into butterflies
Rising in colorful clouds
From your shoulders.
in gratitude :)

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