A poem called “Kindness” was the most popular work on top poetry website poets.org in 2018.


The poem, by 66-year-old Naomi Shihab Nye, was published in 1995. Nye was born in St. Louis to a Palestinian father and an American mother.

More than 250,000 people clicked on the poem this year, the Academy of American Poets announced Wednesday, according to The Associated Press.


Nye said in a statement that she wrote the poem after being robbed in Colombia, according to the AP.

“It is only kindness that makes sense anymore, only kindness that ties your shoes,” the poem reads.