Redirecting Hope

Photo Credit: Caleb Jones

The sounds between my ears
Feel like waves breaking at every corner
I am unable to put it into words
It’s like droplets of water
Taking on the shapes of rocks beneath them

And with every transformation
There is a loss
A layer of skin
Shedding slowly


Your eyes are hung lazily
Unable to focus
Your shoulder dances with the weight of gravity
You are fighting back the tears
Your heart is buying time

As you feel your heart get swallowed by your stomach
Saliva feels heavy
As you open your mouth
It gets hard to explain where you are

You learn to talk slowly
You choose your words
You are holding what’s left of you
You take on broken pieces
Slowly trying to build who you were


Should you take on an identity from your past
Or is this brokenness
A redirection to newness
To rebuild beyond your imagination
What’s lost can be found
What’s lost can be replaced with better
What’s lost will get better to deal with
What’s lost can be forgotten
What’s lost can be a distant memory

Sometimes life offers us a bowl…

And as your fingers play with the sorrow over time
You realize that you were stronger than who you were
And you can start again

That you can build a lego house with what’s left
You can build a castle without a prince charming
You can have a red carpet without the cameras
You can put on a show without an audience

The inner child is still alive
And ready to play

Hi, I’m Kimberly Ihekwoaba and I am a multimedia storyteller. I entertain, educate, and empower people around the world through the power of storytelling. Check out my blog for my latest posts.

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