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Listening

Please listen to me
Iím tired, I have exams, I have-
Thereíre worse problems than yours- why, Iíve got toÖ

Please listen to me
Iím exhausted, I canít concentrate, Iím-
Well, I usually orgainize myself and my priorities

Please listen to me
I canít sleep, Iím stressed, Iím lonely, I-
Well, itís all just a part of growing up
Youíll learn to deal with it

I asked to listen, please
I donít want to hear about you
or your problems
or your advice
I want you to
listen
sit quietly
nod sometimes
Act sympathetic, at least
You donít have to say anything to help
Just listen- really listen- and give me a hug when Iím too tired
or sad
or sick of it all
to continue
Please listen to me?
OK. Go ahead. Iím listening.


------
Heaven doesn't want me and Hell's afraid I'll take over.


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The following comments are for "Listening"
by SWHCgirl

to SWHCgirl
I know exactly how you fell. Great poem, and wonderful lastline. Nobody ever really care do they? Great sense of desperation and lament you conveyed.

( Posted by: Furius [Member] On: May 5, 2002 )

listening is the soul of communication
you convey this thought SO well - and of all the problems with communication this one ranks higher even than people's lack of willingness to talk things out in the open. I love the way you interrupt the original thought, it makes me think of the way my mother someone would cut in front and yet again it would be all my fault, and yet again i was being silly to actually feel stress/worry/upset, and not just get over it like stepping over a crack in the foot path. Great piece! Ju =*_*=

( Posted by: De`esse [Member] On: May 6, 2002 )

Sorry
Sorry i'm late, but i'm kinda on vacation in a placfe with little access to compuers. Yet again, though,i would like to commend you on a job well done. What at first comes off as a simple poem aout having typical teenage problems turns into a wonderful representation of how often younger people are ignore. Most older people don't listen like younger people, they simply wait for their turn to speak. And the younger end up having to just surrender. I really liked this a lot. It brought back memories of why i got started writing to begin with. Not just to be a cool rock start, but to say the things i could never say in real life. Thank you for saying them as well.

( Posted by: E.G. Evans [Member] On: May 6, 2002 )

Thanks
Thanks for commenting on this and all my poems! I usually don't expect them to do this well. Coming here and seeing people compliment what I've written really makes my day. Thanks again!

( Posted by: SWHCgirl [Member] On: May 6, 2002 )

It's wonderful !
Well, whenever i visit lit.org i make sure whether u have posted any new poetry. I feel very nice reading the stuff u write.U write wonderful little or sometimes long poems. I liked this one a lot. Well, it was something like if i read some very nice stuff.I feel i should have written it. I felt the same reading ur this poem. It's really very hard to only listen. I though like someone to lend me his or her hears to listen...Maybe, i should have written this poem. But, i am glad that u did it.

( Posted by: g.s.vasukumar [Member] On: May 7, 2002 )





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