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My Greatest Accomplishment

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

 

My Greatest Accomplishment...

 

Has not earned me shiny medals

Or prestigious accolades

 

It is not perched on a mantel

Demanding admiration

 

It is not something I can polish

Or show off at parties

 

My greatest accomplishment…

 

Resides quietly within me

It is my optimism

 

My audacious, unbridled

Buoyancy

 

I have known dark times

And dark people

 

I am not naïve

I’ve walked this world

I’ve seen its teeth

 

It has undressed me with those fangs

Left me gasping for air

And begging for reprieve

 

Naked and ashamed

 

But even in those moments

Of utter despair

 

One thing has always remained…

 

Me

 

Not only do I persist

 

I smile

I laugh

I conquer

 

I bathe in the sun

and marvel at the moon

 

Not everybody is so lucky

 

And that is why

Above all else…

 

I strive to be kind

 

 

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