15 March 2017

The Impeccable Stranger



Solitude, by John B. Heywood.jpg
Solitude, by John B. Heywood (1859?-1865?)


The impeccable stranger is kind, of course,
kind to the nth degree—superhero
kind—without an ulterior motive
such as wanting a friend or even sticking
around to talk or walk when not wanted.

The impeccable stranger desires only
to be a better stranger—one who pays
a debt forward and pours spirit into
a starved and scary city to increase
its peace, safety and chances of justice.

A hermit speaks, of course, hard to befriend,
but one who loves all life until world’s end.





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© 2017 Susan L. Chast

21 comments:

kaykuala said...

kind—without an ulterior motive
such as wanting a friend or even sticking
around to talk or walk when not wanted

Typical of a stranger with no preconceived ideas that could drive a wedge against a new-found friendship. They were approachable with the idea of making friends!

Hank

Therisa's World said...

Sadly, we seem, in need, for more consummate strangers, and not less, in these troubling times that we live in.

Thotpurge said...

The impeccable stranger desires only
to be a better stranger... just love that thought.

Old Egg said...

In accepting people as they are without criticism is a most satisfying way to be. It is so much easier in life to smile as you walk your way and they theirs.

Sumana Roy said...

ah...such people breathe peace & bless the place wherever they are...beautiful...

Sanaa Rizvi said...

The impeccable stranger desires only
to be a better stranger—

This is such a wonderful message and thought, Susan ❤️

annell said...

Interesting prompt. Your write is lovely.

indybev said...

Ah, if we all tried to be a better stranger and pay a debt forward, what a different world it would be. I loved your "take" on the challenge.

Sherry Blue Sky said...

Oh those closing lines....the hermit who loves all life. I adore that!!!!!!!

Anjum Wasim Dar said...

this leads us to make our faith and trust stronger..not all strangers are dangerous..there is abundant kindness around...great inspiring lines

Bekkie Sanchez said...

There are many people out there just like this. People who may never have had a kindness done back to them but hands them out just the same. Great point, Susan!

Martin Kloess said...

I have seen the truth of it. There are many many strangers all around us. Strangers until we recognize the face behind their acts of kindness.

J. T said...

"kind without an ulterior motive" that says it all for me. great poem!

Sara McNulty said...

I love the hermit who loves all life. Nice poem, Susan.

Panchali said...

The energy of goodness pulsates in all... its just that we need to enable/activate the 'hermit' within us! Beautifully penned, Susan!

Gillena Cox said...

"The impeccable stranger desires only
to be a better stranger"

made me think of Gautama Buddha, seeking his Nirvana and being raised to god-head by those who chose to follow him

Thanks for a lovely prompt

much love...

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I love this character, the Impeccable Stranger!

Mary said...

We need more 'impeccable strangers,' unselfish individuals who are kind....just because.

And, we all need to strive to be those 'impeccable strangers' ourselves.

rallentanda said...

Thought provoking.
'Impeccable stranger' is a good term. Internet friendships fit this category but a stranger, will always be just that.. a stranger,even impeccable ones:)

Magaly Guerrero said...

May our cities and all other cities fill with the smiles and gentle ever-watching eyes of "impeccable strangers". So many wrongs would be righted, so much hope would be born bright out of the scary darkness.

Wendy Bourke said...

It takes no more effort to proceed with a bit of kindness than without, I think - and, likely lightens your own burdens as you go. So sad, that a lot of people do not see that simple truth.