shock, awe, decapitate - 2003-2004

Before you learn the tender gravity of kindness,
you must travel where the Indian in the white poncho
lies dead by the side of the road.
You must see how this could be you,
how he too was someone
who journeyed through the night with plans
and the simple breath that kept him alive.

   “Kindness,” Words Under the Woods: Selected Poems, 1995
   NAOMI SHIHAB NYE, AMERICAN POET (1952-)