Little Kindnesses

The following poem was written in April of 2020, except for the final stanza.
It’s the kindness that has made this year bearable. In so much loss there has been much to redeem us,

My sister is sewing, from vintage scraps
masks to keep us safe
I didn’t have a mask and she brought me two
We rubbed backs in place of hugging

My friend has joined me – almost daily
to move and watch spring slide in
Our middle-aged bodies now
having time to move at nature’s pace

New friends from where I left
gently check in – after helping me
exit in a whirlwind of time – they still
reach out to know all is well

A former lover sees me weekly
I admit we don’t stay six feet apart
His solid hug a reminder that I am still here
Has a hug ever been such a risk

Last week the local Mexican place
made my burrito ridiculously huge
It was three meals big
Unnecessary but welcome generosity

My daughter sheltered me
Through ten months of uncertainty
Until I could be settled
This year had horrors and so much kindness

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Victoria Fritz
Victoria Fritz has been a logophile for all of her life. Her love of words evolved into a love of writing poetry in the last two years. Never having been a poetry reader (until now!), Victoria finds writing in poetic form a natural way to process and express her inner workings and is hopeful that some of what she writes resonates with others. If you enjoy her work, you can check her out on Instagram. Victoria tries to post daily, but also tries to be gentle with herself when that doesn't happen. Some days she is kinder to herself than others, but with inspiration from Kind Over Matter it's getting easier.

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