‘Small Kindnesses’: A Collaborative Poem by Teenagers From Around the World

By Danusha Lameris and The Learning Network

After more than 1,300 teenagers told us about the small kindnesses they appreciate, the poet Danusha Laméris wove their answers into verse.

In early April, as part of our celebration of National Poetry Month, we invited teenagers to read “Small Kindnesses,” a work by Danusha Laméris that appeared in The New York Times Magazine’s Poem column. Then we asked, What small kindnesses do you appreciate?

Over 1,300 young people responded in the spirit of the original piece, detailing sweet, fleeting gestures their fellow humans have offered them — on the street, in algebra class, on public transportation, in Starbucks and Walmart, on the internet, at work and at home.