growing up on distant continents

without a common tongue

lives so seemingly different

rich north, poor south

experiences diametrically opposed


and yet

sharing corresponding smiles

weeping mutual sorrows

our hearts are touched

by the same love and loss


because, in the end

we are all

sisters under the skin

Written in response to SadjeWhat Do You See #58 photo prompt.

Image credit: Cheryl Holt @ Pixabay
(The image shows very two young girls heading off together, holding hands. One is of African heritage and the other seems Caucasian).

51 thoughts on “Sisters

    • When I first came to South Africa and was working with a small group of women from different cultures and mother tongues, it was the simple emotional reactions that brought home to me the fact that that under the surface we had more similarities than differences. It is that experience, which immediately came to mind when I saw the photo. I’m very touched that my words provoked such a reaction in you, my friend 🙂

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  1. Another gem from your pen…Had read a book recently about a theory of how the first lot of men migrated from Africa and spread all over the world and therefore almost 80 pct of people can actually trace their roots to the same origin and hence are brothers/sisters. Your poem reinforces that. Brilliant!

    Also inserted a germ of an idea in my head. Thank you.

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