Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Kindness of Strangers

A single tiny sock
decorated with a small flower
at the ankle
adorns the bare branches
of a shrub along
the sidewalk.
Further on
a parti-colored mitten
has been laid atop
the brick border of
a neatly landscaped yard.
It's a simple courtesy.
A way of returning 
fallen belongings
to neighbors
we may never meet.
Some linger 
for weeks
becoming gray and 
but their ownership
is honored
beyond the passage of time.
I imagine
are claimed gratefully.
Beloved bits
joyfully recovered
thanks to
the kindness of strangers.

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