to see the signs of kindness

the pink (strawberry) glaze
on the cruller on the plate in front of me
in the company of a vanilla-frosted donut coated in colored sprinkles
_______

she tells me about 
how j’s window
(the one with the queers against islamaphoobia was smashed two nights ago
and how several days before the election,
__ump visited minneapolis
and in his speech, talked about getting rid of the city’s somali population
and wanting to undo the 31 safe cities of the u.s. (cities that accept/host/receive refugees)
and, how in response, the mayor stood up to say
we are a safe city, we will remain a safe city, you belong here, refugees and we love all of our residents and then
i encounter this sign

and just before that, came across a bowl of safety pins at a resale shop counter
with a little sign that said something about wearing one to let others know they are safe with  you
and i realize, that while i’m here for many reasons,
encountering these signs of kindness is why my heart/spirit came here
_______

the red of the small book titled
where will you be in five years
that catches my eye
_______

glanced over left shoulder
while biking over freeway
metallic skyline
under the powdery pink/gold/orange streaks
of sunset laying kind light
on faces
on sidewalks
on the bike wheels that roll beneath us
_______

look, we’re already ready,
you’ve got your fleece on, i’ve got my fleece on, 
we can just put our fleeces on and take may
(beloved dog) for a walk
ak says at the table across from me at the vegan thxgvng potluck
_______

like a bodygaurd for the chaplin
lindsay says of what she did
in her 8 years in the army
as a chaplin’s assistant
and like a big sister for the guys,
i’d see who looked sad
and go put my arm around them

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