So I saw this bumper sticker on a car that said, “Mean People Suck!”
I nodded with my blinker on.
And on this January the sixth, this day of Epiphany,
When umpteen wise men went home a different way,
So too did I.
(it doesn’t say anywhere there were only three of them)
But they were wise,
And Jewel was on
A composite Christmas CD from Jerry
My Virginian brother-in-law,
And she sang about how
In the end, only
(and I haven’t listened to Jewel in such a long time).
And it’s my mom’s birthday today.
She would have been 88,
My favorite number.
She (and all who knew her) would have agreed with Jewel
That in the end
Only kindness mattered.
So I bought a mess of Chinese take-out
Because it’s my mom’s birthday
And she loved Chinese food.
Lamb stew with bean curd
Beef broccoli with crispy noodle
Bitter melon with pork
Cold ginger chicken with a sauce that sings.
And the lady who has owned Pauoa Chop Suey
Made me smile my forty dollars away
Because as always, she was kind
(she gives lollipops while we wait).
And in the end
It’s very true
That only kindness matters.