“The Power of Kindness”

The following is a poem that was selected to be part of the 2012 Adult Learner Essay Book, “Crossroads.” We are now accepting essays for the 2013 book. Please view our Adult Learner Essay Book page for more information.

The Power of Kindness
Why do people do the
mean things that they do?
Can’t they see that they’re really
hurting the ones that they’re doing it too?

Should the ones being hurt
just turn their backs?
Or should they instead
give them back a slap?


I think that they should
turn them around, and give them a hug,
Maybe this is what they lack.
You know we can all use that.

Instead of being mean,
put your hand out and make a friend.
Maybe then the world would be filled
with a hope that has no end.

Silas Richardson is a GED student at the Lee County Adult Education
Center. He is in Mrs. Neal’s class.


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