Gather your selves:
critical and kind,
scared and brave,
thoughtless and hurt.

Mistakes and failures
meet accomplishments.
Like loss and love,
they are a package.

Embrace it all.
Such a coming together
is what we came for.

Posted with kind permission of the poet.
Photo by Katie McLean/Unsplash.

Jeanie Greensfelder

Jeanie Greensfelder

About the author

Jeanie Greensfelder is a poet and psychologist. She was honored to serve as San Luis Obispo County’s poet laureate during 2017 and 2018. Author of I Got What I Came For, Marriage and Other Leaps of Faith, and Biting the Apple, her poems have been published at Writer’s Almanac and American Life in Poetry, Poetry Foundation’s Poem of the Day, Grateful Living, Wise Brain Bulletin, the On Being blog, and multiple anthologies and journals. Through her poetry, she seeks to understand herself and others on this shared journey,  as Joseph Campbell wrote, filled with sorrowful joys and joyful sorrows.