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Every Little Helps

To the man (of significantly below average height),
I saw in Iceland this morning,
Purchasing a pack of four cheap beers,
And some ready cooked chicken:

How refreshing to see,
Assumptions and stereotypes…
Disregarded.
As you, with your unshaven face and leather jacket,
Insisted I go before you in the queue.

Standing back, observing the scene,
Careful not to knock one elderly lady over
As you assisted another a basket too heavy for her,
To a place stacked up too high up for you.

Did you notice opinions and judging looks fade?
As you, with your piercings and smoky musk,
Unpacked the basket of the gentleman behind you.

To the man buying beer and chicken,
You earned more respect today than money could ever buy.

Forever Overthinking.

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