Tough Love

November 8, 2023

a 2 by 4 approach

may not be pretty or nice

but when it comes to loving

any help comes at a price

sacrifice the comfort of stagnation

the vindication of being right

admit your wrongs and listen

when another shows you the light

accept what has passed

be present for what is

hold out hope for what may be

speak to the inner kids

speak with kindness

use small words

maintain eye contact

let each other be heard

it’s scary and nerve wracking

to let another in and see

the beautiful mess that exists within

but in that mess

you both are set free


Kailani Norwell is an amateur writer. She writes for the love of writing. It is her sincerest form of expression—a way to put her wide-ranging ideas and life experiences into something cohesive. As a clinical therapist, she helps others find, listen to, and use their voice. And her writing is her voice. The world as she experiences it is her inspiration, and her love of personal flair fuels her style. She doesn’t think she’s to write the next great American novel, but she’s to write something. Stay curious.



Featured image by Lesly Juarez