I’m going through a bad patch, even by my standards. I won’t let my dark cloud put you in the shade by giving details, suffice to say I had to contact a civil servant on a matter that required an official response.
Before the official response however, he sent the following email.
I’m very sorry to learn of your personal circumstances. I can only imagine the difficulties and concerns it must be causing you.
I’ll respond formally to your email shortly but wanted to express my sincere condolences to you.
The kindness of strangers,
A beautiful thing.
A beautiful thing
It took no effort,
a staccato rattle of plastic clicks,
a finger punch send.
It took no time,
a few tawdry spare seconds,
vapid time dispersed within a sigh.
But it was a beautiful thing,
both precious and rare,
only from strangers can you be sure
kindness given is just that,
a gift not for you alone,
from perfected soul,
humanity has a chance I thought
and I smiled, caring not for pain
but embracing life.