My Greatest Accomplishment

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


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…


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