O My Dears

O my dears –
I am an imperfect perfection

G*d has blundered more than once
in creating us whole

with broken parts.
I have learned with the Sefas Emes

that all my broken parts are whole
and even if not —

none of us are partial
we are all Miniatures

in some inscrutable way
that will clarify if not in this world

in the next.
I apologize

for what I have said or done
intentionally or inadvertently

or I may do or say
in the coming days

that has hurt or may hurt
in any misconstrued way –

In words
Mine are careful but

What I miss in discernment
You may receive with generosity

What I offer in exhilaration
You may receive with patience

— forgive me.
I need you more than you know,

your friend always,
james stone goodman, united states of america