Jean Marie Gunner

Jean Marie Gunner
We are all basically good.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012


I am stranded

Alone with all these others

I have been shipwrecked since the beginning

Too often expecting someone else to be my anchor

I hoped for you to pierce all this loneliness

And right my course

So I could board your vessel

The deep wounds of humanity and

All the broken hearts

Tear our lives apart sometimes

Only stillness and

The practice of quiet spaciousness

Can piece us back together

In the daily practice of parenting

These children of my life’s shipwreck

Moment by moment

I notice my body’s sensations and

The stories of my mind

I choose discerningly words of compassion

And acts of kindness

So even a shipwrecked life is good

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