True Kindness


True Kindness is featured in Thoreau's collection, Poems of Nature (1895). We are impressed with his rhyming selection for "affinity." "Consanguinity" is "blood relation" in Latin; its root "sanguine" means optimistic or positive, a clever double entendre.
April Love
Ivan Shishkin, A Walk in the Forest, 1869
True kindness is a pure divine affinity,
Not founded upon human consanguinity.
It is a spirit, not a blood relation,
Superior to family and station.

You may also enjoy our collection of Nature Poems.


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