Kindness (A Collaborative Poem)

Kindness is the passing wave you give to that not-so-close friend of yours in the hallway 

It’s the warmth of a really good hug 

It’s the thoughtfulness of the text “heard this song and thought of you” 

It’s the schnitzel your mom makes when you’re feeling down 

It’s the compliments from respected superiors 

It’s the protection of a held hand 

It’s the bus driver’s “good morning” every day you walk up those entry steps

It’s the silly videos of pandas your Grandma emails you every once in a while 

It’s the vulnerability of eyes meeting 

Kindness is waiting to embrace you 

In its moments of perfection 

All you have to do