it is time
to be
with ourselves
and others

you are a child of the universe
as are they

you have a right to be here
they do, too
and whether or not it is clear
to you or them
there is no doubt
that we share this universe together

in our words, our emails, our social media posts, our actions, our thoughts
let us be gentle with others
and ourselves

A Soulistry reflection on the 1927 “Desiderata” poem by Max Ehrmann.

© June Maffin