Screen Shot 2018-03-21 at 9.38.40 PMThe stone
you exported
from the far side
of the earth,
carrying the grace
of that sacred land
and the kindness
of your generous soul,
rests gratefully
in the hand
         and heart
 of your humbled friend.



My beautiful friend and yoga instructor, Kim, recently went on retreat to India. I asked if she found herself in a place where she was filled with awe, if she would reach down and gather a pebble to bring back a piece of that magic. Last night at yoga she gifted me a smooth brown stone from the other side of the world. She described the beautiful mountains and palm trees surrounding her where she gathered it. To remember me when she was immersed in such an experience was such a generous act of kindness. That stone (and my friend) will always have a special place in my heart!

9 thoughts on “kindness

  1. What a lovely gift! This morning I read a few pages of Textbook by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and saw her pictures of water and tea she took at particularly emotional moments and froze, freezing time. This makes me think of that. And thank you for again writing a poem that captures a moment so well. I really enjoy reading them every day.

  2. What a wonderful gift! A tiny stone can represent so much – your friendship, the place it was found, the generosity of your friend.

  3. Paula, this is a beautiful poem. I LOVE that you asked your yoga instructor to bring home a pebble from a special place in India. I have no doubt that it captures the beauty of that rich country! Perhaps a yoga retreat to India is in your future?!- Krista from Lit Coach Connection

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