Mother Tongue

We need to train our minds to understand meaning.

Not just words. Not just speaking.

We need to realize that communication is in the flowers, it’s in the rain.

Everything has a story. Everything is strange.

We need to re-learn our instinct, we need to breathe in our culture.

We need to learn to live with time; to change the past and learn from the future.

We need to train our minds to understand feeling. Not just emotions, not just healing.

Feeling is hearing, forgetting ourselves,

to stop pushing sorrow to the farthest place on our shelves.

Everything feels and everything breathes.

People and animals, the clouds and the trees.

Everything we can learn from, and everything we can change.

Everything has a story. Everything is strange.

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