Kindness, in Poetic Form

I’m re-blogging this to share Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem.  I’m speaking at Schwartz Rounds at four hospitals this week, and were I to capture the essence of compassionate health care–and of compassion itself–I could never say it as well as she did.

Love in the Spaces


Among a seemingly endless parade of concrete tasks which go on, I realized yesterday that one of my children had not yet had a flu shot.  So just before the Patriots kickoff I ran him into a pharmacy to get one.

Only as he filled out the form did I consciously register it was the 22nd day of the month.  It has now been longer since Jim died than our family lived with the knowledge of his illness.

I wonder if it is not so much the passage of time that I am told eventually will make grief feel less visceral–the tripwire for it and the torrent of it a little less close to the surface–but at least in part the mathematics of it: when those months of illness find themselves sandwiched by years and even decades of before and after, perhaps it will be easier for me and…

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In her spare time, Stephanie works full-time, and then some, as an attorney. She has published articles and delivered talks in arcane fields like forensic evidentiary issues, jury instructions, and expert scientific witness preparation. She also is an adjunct professor at a law school on the banks of the Charles and loves that dirty water, as she will always think of Boston as her home. You are welcome to take a look at her Facebook author page, or follow @SMartinGlennon on Twitter. All content on this blog, unless otherwise attributed, is (c) 2012-2020 by Stephanie M. Glennon and should not be reproduced (in any form other than re-blogging in accordance with Wordpress protocol and the numerous other wee buttons at the bottom of each post) without the express permission of the domain holder.
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3 Responses to Kindness, in Poetic Form

  1. Carri Coltrane says:

    I know about kindness, too.

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