kindness starts small if i were kindnessi’d start small;nothing big,nothing grand,nothing likeconquering all the hatein all the world –just the thoughtwould tire me outbefore i even began.no, i’d start small.if i were kindnessi’d be captainof the grade schoolsoccer/kickball/baseball teamand i would pickthe skinny/slow/fat/shy/weak/clumsy/hopeless kidand i’d pick that kidFirstfor my team,Firstbefore the others,Firstfor no reason.you know that kid –the kid that maybe youonce were,the kid that i once wasyears ago. smalland anxious, waitingon a grassy fieldto hear my namefinally called. Tricia Marcella Cimera is an obsessed reader and lover of words. Her work has appeared in Silver Birch Press, Reverie Fair, Prairie Light Review, and Downtown Auroran Magazine. She volunteers, believes strongly in the ideology of Think Globally, Act Locally, and wants you to Support Local Art. Tricia lives with her husband and family of animals in St. Charles, IL.