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.
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.