A Warm Smile

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~The Kindness of Strangers
Your Challenge:  Write a new poem that draws attention to the kindness of strangers.


These Strangers in a foreign World
                            by Emily Dickinson

These Strangers, in a foreign World,
Protection asked of me —
Befriend them, lest Yourself in Heaven
Be found a Refugee —

In the realm of possibilities,
a stranger can become a friend.
Pretend you are that new kid
in school, every face unfamiliar
to you. One smile, a word or
two, and you can ease another’s
fears. In the realm of possibilities,
you may be the stranger.


About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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10 Responses to A Warm Smile

  1. Sherry Marr says:

    Perfectly said. We all take a turn being the stranger, and the one who welcomes the stranger……


  2. Susan Chast says:

    Beautifully done! You are a modern Emily D.


  3. Ah yes, we must remember the realm of possibilities, and it being likely we’ll take a turn as strangers ourselves. I love the words of the song that’s popular now “Always Be Humble and Kind”. Good advice!


  4. gillena says:

    “In the realm of possibilities,”

    luv the creativity of this sphere , where one has the power to make goodness happen

    much love…


  5. magicalmysticalteacher says:

    My family moved a lot when I was a child, so I was always the stranger. But someone always became my friend!


  6. Mary says:

    Yes, we are all strangers to one another at one point….. A smile or a word can make all the difference in the world.


  7. I love this! You bring back so many childhood memories 😀

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