Friday, November 25, 2022

Kindness Shelved: Monthly Poetry


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Last Friday of the month is for
Monthly Poetry Group to rhyme.
Diane, Mimi, and I take turns,
"Kindness" is the theme this time.
As usual, today I'll try,
a poem to write . . . or fudge.
Whether I'm successful or not,
you get to be the judge.  



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Kindness Shelved

I remember kindness past,
seems to have died out at last.
The times we'd put ourselves aside,
and just let kindness be our guide.
If someone needed help, just ask,
we'd try to pick up any task.
Volunteers wanted? We'd apply. 
Rarely let the chance go by.
Need a ride to get your car?
We'll help out, be it near or far.
Struggling strangers we might see,
as a chance, good samaritan to be.
Neighbor isn't feeling OK,
I'll take her kids, keep them for the day.
Bring her family dinner too,
it's the kind of thing we'd always do.  

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Tortellini Dinner Casserole
Showing kindness we should treasure,
of our own character, it's a measure.
Doing for others lets all see,
the kind of person we've chosen to be.
Nowadays we're less engaged,
and this makes me just enraged,
often putting first ourself,
kindness languishing on the shelf.
Here's something I hate to hear,
and my answer, loud and clear:
"What's in it for me?" you say.
No, kindness doesn't work that way.

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Tortellini Dinner Casserole

1 package (12 oz) frozen cheese tortellini
2 oz pepperoni slices
3/4 cup marinara sauce, I use my Homemade Marinara
1/2 cup half and half
1 small zucchini
6 oz x-small cooked shrimp
5 slices mozzarella cheese (can use shredded)
1 tsp Italian seasoning
*Cook the tortellini, drain well, rinse a few times with cold water, drain again, and place in a mixing bowl.
*Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 2 quart round or 8 inch square baking dish,
*Set aside 6 slices of pepperoni, chop the rest and add to the mixing bowl.
*Trim the ends of the zucchini, cut in half, then slice. Add to the mixing bowl, along with the shrimp. Mix.
*Whisk together the marinara and half and half, add to the mixing bowl, mix well, and pour into the prepared baking dish.
*Top the mozzarella, then the Italian seasoning, and the reserved pepperoni slices.
*Bake for 30 minutes.


  1. Wow. This Sicilian girl loves that recipe so much, i can't take my eyes off it!

  2. No, Kindness DOESN'T work that way. It gets harder and harder to find those simple acts of kindness. I know they're there, they're just hidden in the miasma of selfishness... Sigh.

    1. Every now and then we see it, and the sad thing is that it surprises us.

  3. Where has all the kindness gone, we sing and say. Kindness, we see, has gone away. Or, has it just gone to hide? Waiting until a turn of tide? (and that's why I don't participate in these poetic challenges).

  4. Sigh, although I am often amazed by the kindness I encounter in unexpected places.

    1. Now that I see so little of it, I appreciated it more when I see it.

  5. Today someone told me that being nice and being kind were two completely different things. After thinking about it, I have to agree.

  6. You stated it beautifully. Kindness is a joy, just be kind and you'll find that out.

  7. I still see acts of kindness. You would think you would see it more from those who have a lot but I see it more from those who have very little. When a lady moved in with almost nothing, a lot of the residents here pulled some of their belongings together and gave her a bunch of stuff to help her.

    When someone gave a homeless guy a few bags of snacks on Thanksgiving, I saw him sharing what he had with other homeless people that were around.

    People in my courtyard and all of us seem to be paycheck to paycheck, will check on each other and make sure we have enough food that day. There are a few normal people in my courtyard. lol Sometimes it's the little things that most people take for granted that really makes a difference.


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