A Woman Did Something Very Sweet For A Stranger Crying In The Loo

There’s no arguing over the great etiquette women have in public toilets and one woman just proved it again.

The woman named Agnes shared her sweet story on social media about a recent encounter in a public washroom.

In her tweet, she claimed that she was occupying one of the bathroom stalls when another woman came in and started crying in the nearby stall.

Feeling the urge to help, Agnes decided to check and see whether the sobbing woman was ok or needed a crying shoulder

The stranger revealed that her mum had passed on and she really missed her.

In her attempt to cheer up the woman, Agnes reveals she made a very touching gesture – and read her a poem through the cubicle wall.

The poem was by Kim Addonizio and is called To the Woman Crying Uncontrollably in the Next Stall.

It reads:

If you ever woke in your dress at 4am ever

closed your legs to a man you loved opened

them for one you didn’t moved against

a pillow in the dark stood miserably on a beach

seaweed clinging to your ankles paid

good money for a bad haircut backed away

from a mirror that wanted to kill you bled

into the back seat for lack of a tampon 

if you swam across a river under rain sang

using a dildo for a microphone stayed up

to watch the moon eat the sun entire 

ripped out the stitches in your heart 

because why not if you think nothing &

no one can / listen I love you joy is coming.

As with every good and honest gesture, the story didn’t end there.

 Agnes continues: “When she came out she asked for my name and mobile number and because it’s very difficult to say no to a woman crying about the death of her mother, I gave them to her.”

The woman, whose name is Lola, then sent her a lovely message thanking her for the kind and comforting words.

“I will never forget your voice through the closed door,” she wrote. “Thank you.”

“So I suppose the lesson here is always force unsolicited poetry on crying strangers,” jokes Agnes.

She added: “Anyway, this warmed me during a tricky week. Also it’s a bloody great poem and it’s rare to get such a perfect opportunity to loudly speak it through a loo door and over the sound of the weeing and weeping of a sad stranger.”


Her thread quickly went viral, with over 8,000 likes and 1,700 retweets.

Users applauded her warm gesture with one person commenting: “You did a good thing.”

Another replied: “That is just lovely. Grief is a b****** whether it’s brand new or years old. This made it slightly less s*** for a while.”

A third called it “a beautiful act of kindness”.

Sammy Brown

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