Can I?

~ a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

Stumbled upon this today and thought it was so beautiful.

Can I?

So simple to shut out all the extraneous 
clutter of the street, lyrical airwaves,
garden sounds flying through the
windows buzzing, quelling even what 
my mind is captive to, captivated by,
placed on hold, but can I really listen,
sure, I can hear you, but can I really
attend to what is wrestled in your
meaning, conveyed by your feeling,
I can feel your voice, but can I feel
your words at their core across the 
space that is you, not you, 
and me, not me, can I listen deeply 
to the fulness of you?

©Paul Vincent Cannon

Click here to see Paul’s blog and link to the poem

Below is a quote on the Parallax blog post and website. Lots of meaningful poems there too. Worth a look.

Photo: “When someone receives us with open-hearted, non-judging, intensely interested listening, our spirits expand.” Sue Patton Thoele …

Can I? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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