April is National Poetry Month — and to celebrate, Bonny, Kat, Sarah, and I are sharing some poetry each Thursday in April. This week, we’ll each be sharing a poem about . . . love.

I actually struggled this week . . . to choose a poem to share. I mean, “love” is a really broad topic! Romantic love. Platonic love. Parental love. Love of nature. Humorous love poems. Sad love poems. Poignant love poems. In the end, I finally decided on a poem about . . . loving ourSELVES.

The Most Important Thing
by Julia Fehrenbacher

I am making a home inside myself. A shelter
of kindness where everything
is forgiven, everything allowed — a quiet patch
of sunlight to stretch out without hurry,
where all that has been banished and buried
is welcomed, spoken, listened to — released.

A fiercely friendly place I can claim as my very own.

I am throwing arms open
to the whole of myself — especially the fearful,
fault-finding, falling apart, unfinished parts, knowing
every seed and weed, every drop
of rain, has made the soil richer.

I will light a candle, pour a hot cup of tea, gather
around the warmth of my own blazing fire. I will howl
if I want to, knowing this flame can burn through
any perceived problem, any prescribed perfectionism,
any lying limitation, every heavy thing.

I am making a home inside myself
where grace blooms in grand and glorious
abundance, a shelter of kindness that grows
all the truest things.

I whisper hallelujah to the friendly
sky. Watch now as I burst into blossom.

Happy National Poetry Month. I hope you’re enjoying our month-long celebration of poetry.


Today’s poem is included in the anthology The Path to Kindness: Poems of Connection and Joy, edited by James Crews, and published by Storey Publishing, 2022. For more information about today’s poet, Julia Fehrenbacher, click here.


Then be sure to visit Bonny, Kat, and Sarah to read more poetry about love!