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    Small Kindesses

    {This poem was shared during the Sebastopol Jewish Community's Rosh Hashana service on Zoom this morning}

    Small Kindnesses
    By Danusha Laméris


    I’ve been thinking about the way, when you walk
    down a crowded aisle, people pull in their legs
    to let you by. Or how strangers still say “bless you” when someone sneezes, a leftover
    from the Bubonic plague. “Don’t die,” we are saying.
    And sometimes, when you spill lemons
    from your grocery bag, someone else will help you
    pick them up. Mostly, we don’t want to harm each other. We want to be handed our cup of coffee hot,
    and to say thank you to the person handing it. To smile
    at them and for them to smile back. For the waitress
    to call us honey when she sets down the bowl of clam chowder
    and for the driver in the red pick-up truck to let us pass.
    We have so little of each other, now. So far
    from tribe and fire. Only these brief moments of exchange. What if they are the true dwelling of the holy, these
    fleeting temples we make together when we say, “Here, have my seat.” “Go ahead—you first,” “I like your hat.”
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