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A Haiku - Kindness

Updated on June 12, 2012

Do you remember an act of kindness you did?

A quality much appreciated: Kindness.
A quality much appreciated: Kindness. | Source

We are all capable of kindness, just not as experienced as we can be.



An act of kindness

Done with love and compassion

Doesn't have to cost.


Open a door now,

Let someone else go through it.

Share of what you have.


Visit the lonesome,

Take along some food to share.

Send a "thank you" note.


Help a child to read,

Donate your extra clothing.

Lend a helping hand.


A smile can do good.

Kind words can do so much more.

They're sunshine you share.


We honor kindness.

Who you are speaks loudest then;

Tender acts of love.

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© 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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      jandee 4 years ago from Liverpool.U.K

      My act today

      is to say

      thanks to

      you for your

      sweet little lines.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      I'm kindness itself when it comes to older people, those who need a helping hand, children and animals. You reminded me of the movie A Streetcar Named Desire" where Blanche said, "I've always relied on the kindness of strangers."

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Dr Funom Makama: Nice to have such a great first comment from you. Have a great day.

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      Karen Silverman 4 years ago

      Mmmmmmm...i loved this poem!!! It takes the same energy to be helpful and happy as it is to be miserable and mean. Why so many choose the negative energy instead of the positive is beyond my comprehension..Awesome haiku,Perspy!

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      jandee: "sweet little lines" describes the poet's efforts in creating any Haiku, as the longest line has only 7 syllabels and the other two have just 5 each. I'm glad you liked this one.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      ImKarn23: I'm glad to see you are up and being helpful and happy again today. I actually think it takes more energy when someone "achieves" a miserable and mean outlook on life. I am glad you liked this one. Have a wonderful day of kindness, and may the world treat you to some, too.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Gypsy Rose Lee: There are certainly times in all our lives when we hope to be able to rely on the kindness of someone else. It's nice to know that some people (perhaps most?) are just naturally kind.

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      Good haikus, good sentiment. We all need reminding of such things too. Kindness begets kindness, a smile usually gets one in return. Lovely! Voted up and beautiful.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      annart: Thanks for the second registered feedback, so far! I guess that practicing for Nobember 6, 2012 still has some practice sessions to go. Thanks for the vote and feedback.

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      Ann Carr 4 years ago from SW England

      You're very welcome. I always like to let others know what votes I register. I rarely read a hub without commenting and if I comment I always vote in some way - is that unusual? Hope not. All the best!

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      annart: On the other side of the coin, it is not unusual to read "Voted Up" and then to realize there was no feedback. Busy Hubbers just comment first and forget to go back with their feedback. Sometimes I comment first and go back with my feedback, only to realize later that I forgot to "Post Comment"!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      you write the best Haiku poems..

      I love these lines

      Kind words can do so much more.

      They're sunshine you share.

      voted way up

      have a wonderful day

      Debbie

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      flashmakeit 4 years ago from usa

      This was worth reading and I love the part about help a child to read because I know a child would love and remember your kindness.

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      happyhal 4 years ago from Dallas, TX

      Kindness overlooked,

      In the rush of daily life;

      Take pause to extend!

      Your thoughts are drops on the parched desert floor of our hurried world, your even a drop nourishes the next cycle of life. How quickly sprouts the seed when watered by the kindness of which you speak. Right on ...

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      happyhal : Can you imagine how the world could change, if each person did one more act of kindness today than they usually do? Lend a helping hand and smile...it doesn't take much more than that. Thanks for reading and taking the time to leave your comment.

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      SO,SO true and beautifully written.My gosh, how I wish everyone felt the need to be kind. What a wonderful world it would be.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      picklesandrufus: Is it somehow a gene that some people don't have? Kindness and selfishness are like smiles and frowns, sweet and bitter. Most people don't feed their cats lemons because they have enough sourpusses in the family already.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Deborah Brooks: Sharing sunshine even on cloudy, stormy days, is a good approach to life. Thanks for your time commenting.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      flashmakeit: Even as writers, can we even imagine what an incredible gift we give someone when we help them learn to read?

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      raciniwa 4 years ago from Naga City, Cebu

      what a wonderful world it would be...

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      Debby Bruck 4 years ago

      Dear Perspycacious ~ Well said. Worth the read. Taking to heart. Blessings, Debby

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      raciniwa and Debby: What man can imagine, he can do. Let us stir the imaginations of others to imagine the good we can all do one act of kindness at a time.

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      Justin W Price 4 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

      I love your take on haiku. It's always so interesting to me.

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      Demas W Jasper 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      The word "kindness" is mentioned only once in the King James Bible, and it is used by Peter in 2 Peter 1:7 flowing from this: Verse 4 -Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

      5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge;

      6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness;

      7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.

      8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

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