Languages of Change

Featured Illustration: Sage Barnes


This is the summer

We blossomed into being

We stepped inside of ourselves

Into the discomfort

Of our own minds

Of our shared spaces

That shape our lives

We learned to make choices

For healing (us)

For nurturing (us)

For surviving. 

All the people inside of us

Meet us more often now

We learned to greet them

A little more kindly.

About time.

We have been living in the same house

And it is about time

Our incongruity stopped scratching our skin 

From the inside

Making us bleed





We stopped explaining ourselves

We haven’t stopped the apologies.

But that has changed.

We say “I’m sorry” not (always) because we must.

We say “I’m sorry” because we have learned

That we are larger than the mistakes we made.

We have always been.

Some remain small all their lives.

Some remain smaller than all that they are.

But we

We (us)

We have blossomed into being. 


4 thoughts on “Languages of Change

  1. Thank you for this. I feel as if you pulled the incongruent thoughts out and painted then on the page so I could understand myself. Grateful.

    1. That is so very kind of you to say, I’m extremely touched that you think so! And thank you so much for taking out the time to get back to me, I really appreciate it. Grateful for readers like you.

  2. Very well expressed, Kulsum, language is so so important to cometo terms with oneself and to relate to others – and most importantly the confidence to apologise! Will read more. Keep writing –

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