We met when we were fourteen—
An untamable butterfly of a girl,
A girl hiding from herself,
And me, a shy, bookish dreamer.
We grew up over the next ten years—
A young woman flying too high,
A young woman lied to by love,
And me, a young woman in the shadows.
We are adults now—
Still leaning on each other,
Still fighting the world for each other,
Still loving each other,
Because family doesn’t always mean blood—
Sometimes, it’s the friends you choose,
The ones who have earned the title,
A connection of souls.
© Jade M. Wong
Welcome to World of Words! A new prompt I’m co-hosting with Rosemarie of A Reading Writer and Maria of Doodle Scribbles. We’re mainly co-hosting on Instagram, but I’m sharing here too for my WordPress community.
The rules are simple:
- Every Sunday, we’ll post a word from a different country in the world.
- Write a poem inspired by that word and use the hashtag #worldofwords. You can also tag us so we know to come and check out your poem!
- We’ll be sharing our favorites on Instagram, but depending on the response here on WordPress, I’ll share my favorites here too.
Prompt for Week of Feb. 2 — A Mandarin word by yours truly: