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KathieO
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0 posted 02-29-2000 04:46 PM       View Profile for KathieO   Email KathieO   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for KathieO

This is my second day in Passions....I must say I have already been truly inspired. I look forward to much needed feedback.....as I am just begining in this arena of words.


LISTEN – KathieO

Today I shall listen, as you talk
Even if no words seep from your lips,
I shall feel the emptiness and silence of your tongue
As it painfully searches for the right words at the right time.

I shall feel your breath as you release several heavy sighs,
Your throat tight with anticipation, your head swirling with confusion
Every muscle in your neck feels like you are being choked
Your mind begins screaming, turn it off, stop….stop….stop.


I shall see the frantic dance within your mind
Fast, slow, forward, back, start, stop, come, go, yes, no
You try desperately to alleviate the internal pressure now building  
By providing, a familiar comfortable response…. “I don’t know”.

I shall watch you as you squeeze your eyes shut
Intent on making things clear, or better yet making them stop
I hear all the scattered questions, the anxieties, the hopes,
Yet, it is the shrilling scream of fear that pierces my heart.


I know you have the courage to grant your heart to speak
For I have felt the power, sensitivity and comfort of your tongue
Yet you continue the heart and mind battle with right and wrong
Guarding your perception of security,  through overt silence.


Inside the war continues, yet outside you wear a smile
Protecting the damage and pains of yesterday – yet projecting them into today
Transition is a phase my friend, a courageous step towards volition
We were not given eyes in the back of our heads for a reason.

Thus, the test of patience, shall be my challenge for today
To not just listen, but to hear beyond the silence
I shall seek a better understanding, of my endurance and limits
And be hear to listen……..just listen.


© Copyright 2000 KathieO - All Rights Reserved
Martie
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1 posted 02-29-2000 04:56 PM       View Profile for Martie   Email Martie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Martie's Home Page   View IP for Martie

Oh, this is very powerful...Wow... really well done!
KathieO
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2 posted 02-29-2000 04:59 PM       View Profile for KathieO   Email KathieO   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for KathieO

Thanks.....I only hope to get better...and this appears to be a great learning place.

Kathie
Jester59701
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3 posted 02-29-2000 05:00 PM       View Profile for Jester59701   Email Jester59701   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Jester59701

Excellent! KathieO, It's my first day here, your poem alone was worth the trip.
serenity blaze
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4 posted 02-29-2000 08:30 PM       View Profile for serenity blaze   Email serenity blaze   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for serenity blaze

Nice, KathyO!  A reminder for us all.
Denise
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5 posted 02-29-2000 09:44 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

'...to hear beyond the silence' Wow! This is a wonderful poem, Kathie! Welcome to Passions! I look forward to reading more from you!

Denise
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