The Best I Can Do
A growing anguish churns
in my belly-
Like acid, it
rises through me cutting like a knife.
I feel the deep pain of our growing divide.
There is no way- I
can find across this chasm. And
my head aches trying to see it; to see you.
But to lift the veil, and see
a clear path, I
must go within once again with slow breath,
To calm the burning, churning within.
To see you through my tears of hurt and torment,
as a glowing light surrounds you, blesses you.
It knows what I forgot-do not
blame this one, for she is doing the best she can!
And I do believe that,
can believe that-yes
I must. Oh I do, for I too can
only do my best at this moment.
It’s all we can do, as
this torrent of fire eases, and the veil
is lifted to see you my sister self.
To see deep in this chasm where we reside.
And we will do the best we can,
hoping we can hold onto this truth.
© Donna Donabella 2016
This poem reflects a difficult period in my life with people close to me who continue to frustrate me…those I cannot always trust. Recently I was introduced to the concept that ‘everyone is doing the best they can’. And if we can believe this, it will lead to healing as we interact with difficult people…..allowing us to forgive and/or let go.
I have been working on accepting this idea, and as I accept it for others, I accept it for myself too. As I am also doing the best I can, at any given moment with my life circumstances. I will say, knowing we are all only doing the best we can has been helpful, and releases a huge weight many times. But this is not an easy concept to utilize with everyone…..maybe I will get there someday.
I thought this poem would be perfect for Poets United’s midweek prompt, ‘acceptance’.
The flowers pictured here are Astrantia. They represent strength, courage, and protection. Traits we need when we are working on acceptance.
I leave you with a few additional words about the best I can do. I welcome you to download the photo and share it.
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