Monday, November 16, 2015

DMC: "A Friend" by Kristi Dee Veitenheimer

A Friend

Mama scolded me this morning.
I got syrup in my pigtails,
but I didn’t mean to.
Now I can’t have syrup

Teacher punished me this morning.
I was eating paste,
but it was just a little.
Now I can’t use paste

Penny ignored me this morning.
She always plays with me at recess,
but she said I couldn’t.
I don’t belong in the club

You sat beside me on the steps this morning.
I was sad and alone,
but you put your arm around my shoulders.
And I don't feel so bad

© 2015 Kristi Dee Veitenheimer. All rights reserved.

Rebecca M. Davis has challenged us to write poems about acts of kindness this month– the more specific and vivid the better.  Click HERE for more details.

Send your poem to TodaysLittleDitty (at) gmail (dot) com, or use the contact form in the sidebar to the right. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, November 27th, and one lucky participant will win copies of two delightful picture books published by Boyds Mills Press: THIS ORQ. (HE CAVE BOY.) and THIS ORQ. (HE SAY "UGH!") by David Elliott, illustrated by Lori Nichols.


  1. Thank goodness for a kind arm around the shoulders! Very nice voice in this poem.

  2. Gentle kindnesses are the best kind! I agree with Tabatha– the voice rings true. Thanks, Kristi.

  3. I wish this would happen for everyone. You've shown us what a little kindness can do.

  4. I'm going to have a talk with that Penny! LOL! Great poem, Kristi. I, too, agree—you certainly captured the voice.

  5. Thank you all for your kind words!

  6. Oh, Kristi, I ached for the little child until the arm hug came along on the steps.
    This is a poetic reminder that one little soft touch can mend prickly people's barbs.