scrubs your showers
and empties your trash cans,
without a word
on the hour.
She moves in and out of your life like a ghost.
You see the side effects, but never the cause.
If you looked closer you would find
an Ethiopian woman
with thoughts in her mind.
This woman of Ethiopia cries to think
of her African family
on the continental brink.
She’s been away for so long.
She would talk to you about it
if you took the time
Attempt to look rather than just to glance.
and ignore her no more.
For this is a thank you not measured by words,
but by authentic love.
So let the person that needs to be noticed,
Let the voices that need to be heard,
Let your ears be receptive
Do you ever think about the cleaning staff on campus?
What are some ways that you can express kindness to them in the future?