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answers on a postcard

as I passed, he waved
& only because
I had slowed, momentarily,
to let him in.
and, for the next few miles,
I found myself wondering –
just why is it,
that such a small thing
in the course of our daily lives,
a wink, a nod, a smile,
or even a wave
can set the world to rights?
it didn’t put a penny in my pocket,
it didn’t add a minute to my life
it didn’t even raise a smile.
I’m still thinking about it.