Human Effort

There are days when you try to be an amazing person

and days when you just try to be a person

at all, still breathing, holding on.

This is the face of someone expertly trying only to breathe

— you probably can’t see it in her eyes,

which is why all judging is but a waste of time.

This is a plea for compassion

for everyone struggling to exist.








Be gentle with yourself, always,

as a loving mother to your inner children

who have scraped knees and aching hearts,

and remember that true success in life

is not measured by the fewest mistakes.

Exercise compassion

for who you once were

a fleeting moment ago, or in another life,

and be gentle with yourself, always,

to teach what has been betrayed and cannot trust

how to love and hope and give again.