at the very least

kindness

One ring,
two Chinese characters,
how many meanings?

I didn’t know, and so I asked.

Second symbol first:
goodness,
kindness,
charity,

… I was told.

First one second:
it goes without saying…
absolutely…
at the very least…

It’s hard to explain,
I was told.

So many things in life are hard to explain, and so
we often devise our own explanations,
our own definitions.

What does it mean to say, “I’m fine?”
One sentence,
two words,
how many meanings?

I often don’t know, but I seldom ask.

I want to change that, to show more charity,
kindness and goodness;
to listen to your explanations
and belay my own fabrications
at the very least.

As for the ring, perhaps it’s telling me
when life is hard to explain and hard to define,
there is one course of action
that is always right.
In those two characters, I choose to read,
“Above all else, be kind.”


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About Maggie C

Stained glass artist, writer, respecter of life.
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2 Responses to at the very least

  1. Peggy Lemmer says:

    It has always worked for me. Even when I’ve been scorned for it. Eventually it leaves the longest impression and does the greatest good.

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