NaPoWriMo2021 Day 15

I remember the first moment as an adult when I realized that some of my ancient ruins included fear of abandonment and shame.

Through many years of therapy, I learned to recognize the effects of a shame-based mindset in my own life. If you aren’t sure whether or not you have ever experienced any shame-based trauma (or whether you’ve given any to others), l found this great site with some very helpful information.

As I read, I saw the toxic ways I was responding to the shame I learned in my childhood. I also discovered ways to replace the old negative messages with positive ones.

I know how quickly my tongue can be critical. A snark is so much easier than expressing my feelings honestly, but I am determined to tame my tongue and break down some of my own ancient ruins.

Ancient Ruins

Stones speak
the language of time,
but the old women
could crush
a stone
with the tip
of their tongues.
Gosssip
hisssing
like catss
whisspering
sussed out
ssecrets
sshaming —
heads held high,
hands folded with piety,
noses turned down
inside their houses of glass.

—a Draft by Carla Jeanne Picklo Jordan

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