Emma is a name I could’ve been born with but it is a name that I wish for it to be a part of me now. Emma is an Old German name meaning whole or universal of which I wish to see myself as a whole not an incomplete jigsaw puzzles. Taaliah in Arabic means virtuous or devoting to God which another part of myself that I’m trying to fully embrace – I am a servant of God. Without Him, I’d be a wandering little lamb just waiting to be eaten by the wolves.

In here, this is my world

It’s neither as pleasant as you might think of

Nor as awful as it can be

It is humanely me

Just me.

-Emma Taaliah