Round with Kindness

Gaia wears her gentle face
on August days,
light winds and sunlight
cast in white gold
upon the sea.
Daring to be still
I drink in quietness,
wind and water
easing my soul.
Settled into stone
by gravity’s embrace,
the weight of time
presses me down
until like the earth
I am round
with kindness.



















Reading of “Round with Kindness” with music by Maria Callas



7 Responses to “Round with Kindness”

  1. PenDell Pittman says:

    Nestled among the daily Notes to Myself is “Always Be Humble and Kind”. Thank you muchly, Brother-Man Don, for your ongoingly fine nurturing of weekly inspirations.

  2. Tom Figel says:

    Don, you perfectly describe the sensation of watching something beautiful slowly change with light and color. And since we met you in your New York form those years past, “sitting still” is a striking Don Hynes image.

  3. Mike McCauley says:

    Gaia — the Earth Mother. Like Prithvi in Hindu — the “Vast One.” I like the change in meter & tempo in your verse here. Perfect for this poem. “Round with kindness.” It makes one think! Thanks for this one. Mike

  4. Edward Haimes says:

    Don, in the beginning it all started round, the egg in the womb. And then the sharp edges of judgement, criticism, etc. developed around me. Only to be ground round again by the river of truth. Thank you for the grit, polish, and water of your words. Ed

  5. Don…this is deeply insightful…bravo!

  6. Chris W Dalengas says:


    Very nice. “I drink quietness” and “round with kindness.”

  7. Tom Wilson says:

    Lovely poem and photo. Kindness can be the salvation of our life on earth.

    All the best,


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