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SoCS: Perfection Will Not Have My Soul. I’ve been to the Grace Street Garden.


Ah, perfection, you devil,

driving dedicated dudes to delusions of grandeur,

or to early graves from stress.

Not me, though.

Perfection, you will not have my soul.

I will redefine you.

Not a hair out of place becomes wild and free ~

catching the wind and the sun.

The manicured lawn goes native,

A natural home for bugs and birds.

Business casual has become

Hoodies and yoga pants with clogs.

Take THAT perfection!

You have no power over me.

There’s a yard on Grace Street I often pass on my way home. Over the years, the person who lives in the house has collected more and more yard art. I suspect people in the community have also contributed. Some unenlightened people might consider this an eyesore. I think it’s perfectly magnificent! Recently my friend was driving and offered to stop so I could take pictures. That’s when I discovered this was not just a collection of funky yard art. This is the Grace Street Prayer Garden! Who needs perfection when you can have Grace?


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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

19 thoughts on “SoCS: Perfection Will Not Have My Soul. I’ve been to the Grace Street Garden.

  1. Hi JoAnna, I also like this garden. It has a delightful freedom about it. I am a terrible perfectionist but I don’t look like one 😉

  2. I enjoyed your poem and relate to needing to tame the perfectionist in me. The funky garden is a bit too wild and junky for my tastes, but grace and prayers are good.

  3. Love your poem! I, too, once struggled with perfection but hold onto orderliness to reduce stress and promote clear thinking. While the Grace Street garden would be fun to explore as an outsider, I would find it difficult to live with so much disorder. To each his/her own.

    • Thanks, Rosaliene. I’m glad you loved the poem. A certain amount of order and organization does help reduce stress. I know what you mean about the garden.

  4. This is so good, JoAnna. What an uplifting post.

  5. Loving the little splashes of color and countless stories hidden throughout this yard and poem! ❤

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