One Word

It’s only a word.
  One word, and often it is the
first you speak to someone,
anyone, even a stranger.
  It is a useful word, for it can
be a welcoming word, or one
of acknowledgement.
  It is a word that only asks the
same, and is easily satisfied.
  It is accepting of a simple
response or, with a hello, you
never know where it will lead,
or how far it can go.
  We could all use another hello.

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