Interchange of Words

Dedicated to my Friends, Sandybeach Writers



I used to be embarrassed

of my own words

They poured out of me

and I felt uncomfortable

I kept hearing:

“Your writing is childish bliberish”

“Others are better than you”

“You are average”

Or my father’s,

“Let her write poems,

better than going with boys”


I met friends

they told me:

“Your words are beautiful”

“You are an artist”


I didn’t believe them

At first


Their words

Dangled with mine

And taught me acceptance of the beauty of both

Ellina Zipman

11 May 2016


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