Midweek Poem-The Best I Can Do




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’.




white astrantia

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.

best I can be

All other photos and original content is copyrighted and the sole property of Donna Donabella @ Living From Happiness, 2014-2016.  Any reprints or use of other photos or content is by permission only.

26 Replies to “Midweek Poem-The Best I Can Do”

  1. Wonderful blooms of “acceptance” and so well related to the sensitive lyrics of your poem! I had no idea that now there is a concept like “‘everyone is doing the best they can”; a new saying for busy times, so busy people to comunicate … You’re right saying: “doing the best I can, at any given moment with my life circumstances”. Have a very lovely day and full of positivity!

    1. It is something great minds are giving us…the idea that we let go of judging others and realize that we are all doing the best we can do at this moment in our lives…an interesting way to view life I think….you have a wonderful day too my friend!

  2. This is such a heart stirring poem, Donna. I agree, there are a lot of different kind of people in this world.. some whom we can trust and some whom we can not. All we can do is hope for the best as everyone is doing the best they can.. as much as their potential allows them I guess. Beautifully penned.

    Lots of love,

  3. Donna, I agree, doing ones best is all one can ask from another person, and the achievement of doing ones own best is fulfilling. What a wonderful poignant poem.

  4. Donna, your poem could not resonate more completely with me, given what I am going through this week. Sometime’s another’s “best they can” still can be pretty hurtful to us, and we might wish they could do a little better. People tell me to Be the Observer and I have been trying this, observing some angry behavior, recognizing it, and trying to not let it topple my peace. Hard on the nerves, but sometimes it has more to do with them than with us in the end. I really like this poem, it speaks truth and offers a path out of the tangle.

    1. An interesting concept, Being The Observer. I have had to do that too and as you say Sherry it is hard on one. Trying to stay in that frame of mind, even when we know it is more about them, is still difficult when they continue to be hurtful….but it is my lesson for now too! I am happy the poem resonated with you and offered a path!

  5. Sadly we are in such a competitive world that those that do their best still feel inadequate. To give your all is quite sufficient as we give all we can.

  6. there is wisdom in this. we can only change and hold ourselves accountable.
    we all have to. or not. but we can not change others. only accept that they are doing the best they can
    and control how we respond in kind.

  7. This is a very interesting poem. I have read it a couple of times. I am not sure it is a question of everyone doing their best. A lot of people are doing their best at things that are not contributing to the benefit of the planet or spiritual life in a world which places great emphasis on materialism and the acquisition of wealth.
    Screw your courage to the sticking place and we’ll not fail…Shakespearean for
    stick to your guns and give it your best shot:)Great thought provoking poem.

  8. Hmmm, yes. Reminds me of a time I was upset with someone and lost my temper somewhat. She turned around and said to me: “Be kind; everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle…” That taught me to accept people and their actions, even though I might not understand them or approve of them. Being kind to people we don’t like is to accept them and being kind to people who hurt us is disarming them in an accepting way.

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