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A Free Gift

Kindness is a freely bestowed gift from the Divine,

That’s why a new-born’s smile wins hearts promptly,

It’s not shackled by grandeur of wealth and status,

That’s why a pauper feeding a stray dog, is a blissful sight,

It’s independent like flowers blooming in a garden,

But requires nourishment and nurture through human beings,

Becoming understanding and prioritisng life,

Engaging himself in productive work,

Enables a man to stay healthy and generous,

Unless he is kind to himself first, shattering myths,

He can’t be compassionate to any other living being,

For one who doesn’t respect himself he can’t respect others.

© Amrita Mallik

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