Can I Hear You Now?

It is wiser to light a candle than to curse the darkness ~Peter Benenson

lending an ear

lending an ear ~d nelson

Regretfully, while you’ve been sharing opinions, not my own
I’ve been unreceptive to openly hearing your words.
Misperceptions painting painful dark clouds over my heart and ears.

Upon meditating and recognizing lingering inner wound’s shadows,
the insight that we both suffer is being clearly realized.
How could I have understood the truth of your suffering
without having an understanding of mine?
If I don’t understand myself -the good, the bad, the ugly,
how can I understand you, really?

Here, now
choosing not to run away from myself
so not to run away from you, either.
Not covering up difficult feelings
with consumption of food, pleasures and media.
Recognizing and embracing loneliness,
anger, sadness, grief, anxiety, and other painful feelings.
I am here for you my hurt feelings,
holding and comforting you.
Allowing your energies to organically dissolve,
to float passed on my blue sky of emotion
transforming into calm, smiling sunshine.

Feeling lighter and more free
I am ready to hear your words.
Open to understanding your deepest desires;
what do you wish to accomplish in this sweet short life?
Staying present for words
whether fragrant as flowers
or foul as sewage.
Not blaming you, not blaming me.
Courageously returning to my in & out breaths
keeping mind and body at one & at ease.
This precious life is so fleeting.
What can be more important
than harmony and peace between us?

Offering my true presence
you seem very real to me;
your flowers and your mud.
Glimpsing our interbeing nature.
I can hear you now!
Do you feel heard?

A few days of Calif precipitation
has added a cup of water
to our bucket of drought.
My rain gratitude meditation continues;
thank you clouds!

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29 thoughts on “Can I Hear You Now?

  1. Dugutigui

    Listening is the most dangerous thing of all, listening means knowing, finding out about something and knowing what’s going on, our ears don’t have lids that can instinctively close against the words uttered, they can’t hide from what they sense they’re about to hear, it’s always too late 🙂 🙂

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  2. Alison and Don

    I think learning to listen is one of the most important, healing, and transformative things we can do. Beautiful poem, and so very right. We can never truly hear others until we deeply listen to ourselves.

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  3. brucethomasw

    I love you and your deep ecology of mind and being, David. Each Saturday, your words move me to the core of my own being. You are filled with humility and honesty and I am grateful for knowing you at this level of being. Also. I’m so glad and grateful for the rain you are experiencing. Here, the weather has turned a bit more normal and we too have rain on the horizon. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for this meditative poem on hearing and listening.
    This precious life is so fleeting.
    What can be more important
    than harmony and peace between us?
    Bruce

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    1. smilecalm Post author

      i’m moved that my little offering is meaningful to you, Bruce!
      it’s wonderful when the creative muse appears
      as it’s often on holiday somewhere else.
      this week i thought to admit the need
      to listen better. perhaps i’m not the only one 🙂

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  4. francisguenette

    I am here for you my hurt feelings – so much in these few words – being present to one’s own pain and open to hearing the words of another. Flowers or sewage, flowers or mud – opening to all the words. I am so passionate about words and the dream of being heard. Thank you for this post.

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  5. Annelisa Sings

    What I love about this is that you start with yourself. We can only love and accept others as much as we love and accept ourselves. You have articulated this beautifully in this piece. Also, I love the ears! 🙂

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  6. Kelly Kuhn

    As Michael Brown says in “The Presence Process,” a book I highly recommend, the goal isn’t to feel better, but to get better at feeling. Cool thing I’ve found is that the better I get at feeling, but better I feel.

    Thanks for another lovely post.

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  7. Salee Reese

    You write from deep inside. I heard it said—I think it was Jack Kornfield—that vulnerability is mysteriously linked to spirituality. You demonstrate that.
    I’m always glad to happen upon beautiful people like you! Thanks for dropping by. Salee

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