To my Sister

henn kim sister

Far sometimes we look for inspiration
For art, genius or some kind of expression that resonates within us
And, often, we don’t need to look outside as our deepest connection comes from family

And I don’t necessarily mean blood family
But rather those who have been there when you were up and down
When you didn’t particularly like yourself
And saw no hope or future or both

More often than I’d like to admit, I have taken it for granted
Pointing out the wounds, speaking words of resentment
And not enough times saying Thank You or I Love You, (or did I ever really say it? )

So if I never really said it, Thank You

Because, as the song says:
I don’t think she needs me
Quite half as much as I know I need her

And if I reached whatever point I’m in now
If I have gone through the deepest shadows
If I’m still fighting, it’s because I have a sister

And the love and gratitude that comes from this family
May well be the only sustained meaning of these upheavals of life

Illustration Henn Kim

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