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Regino L Gonzales, Jr.

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Kindness in the Socialist Heartland
by Regino L Gonzales, Jr.
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Human kindness transcends ideologies...


The sun was searing in Hanoi

The street was a river of motorbikes

A tired foreigner limped along the sidewalk

A motorbike sidled, its burly driver spoke in local language   

Like “Come… back ride”,

The Foreigner clasped his hands in thanks, hopping in for the ride


The workplace was a war council

Vibrating with tension

 “Get it done… and fast”, the supervisor commanded

Project presentation to the client was about to begin

The young hard-pressed translator muttered

“I’m doing this for mother… I want her to stop working at fifty-five”


The foreigner stood on the sidewalk

Under the drizzle of Hanoi

His contracted motorbike has not come

A lottery ticket seller under a huge umbrella

Glanced at his shaking legs and weary face

Smiled and pointed to a plastic stool by her side


The downpour was heavy in Hanoi

As the foreigner stood and waited

A young lady opened an umbrella above his head

As the motorbike driver unfolded a plastic raincoat over him

“Take care… the road is slippery” said the lady

As the motorbike started


The foreigner went inside a Christian church

Amazed that there is one in Hanoi

Knelt at the pew beside two old women

Praying in local language

In tones like his grandmother’s

Our Father and Hail Mary







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Reviewed by Sheri Uy
There is nothing more comforting than seeing kind faces and encouraging smiles when you find yourself somewhat lost and alone in a foreign land. That is the hand of God at work. Thank you for sharing this inspiring post.

Reviewed by jude forese
an inspired realization ...
Reviewed by Paul Judges
Powerful poem, Regino
Reviewed by Ronald Hull
When there is kindness, one is not a stranger in a foreign land.

Reviewed by Donna Chandler
We all needed to be reminded of the importance of kindness to others. Thank you for sharing.

Reviewed by Jean Pike
Lovely poem, Regino. So nice to see you posting :)
Reviewed by John Flanagan
a well-captured moment, Regino,
and reminds me of experiences in Saigon/HCM..
all those bikes and the bustle!
but a lot of human kindness, too,
and such tremendous effort to eke out a living.
i like this very much

Reviewed by Regis Auffray
A meaningful and moving write, my friend. Love and peace to you,

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