Be Still and Listen

You there.

With camouflaged heart

armed sentries guarding the moat 

you’ve filled with ten thousand tears.

You there.

Who seldom smile 

lest the beauty of your wounded warrior soul

appear bare naked 

in divining light.

You there.

Of weary spirit

driftwood memories 

smoldering in desert sands

searing the soles 

of one soldiering on.

You there.

Of passionless daydreams

suicide steering

into doldrums of doom.

You there.

Choking on melancholic bile

despair’s aroma

layered yet upon tufts of hopes.

You there.

Simply be still.

Take care and listen 

as the cicadas hum

the soulful song of your rebirth.


as the hummingbird’s Lilliputian wings

break the silence of your dark night 

into glistening shards

and harken you back

to journeys of joy.


as the rushing river

smooths the jagged edges of acerbic days.


as a choir of wolves 

howl a fierce “new day” song 

and devour your sorrows farewell.


as your heart faithfully drums 

an archaic beat

joining you forever to the pulse of life

and reminding you of the gift of self-compassion.

Be still and listen.

Listen again and again.


Live again and again.


Love again and again.


CRR 9-1-15

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5 Responses to Be Still and Listen

  1. Reblogged this on This Pedestrian Life and commented:

    Rereading old posts in an attempt to spark a fire in my pen. The “you there” is all of us at one point or another. Writer heed thy words and heal thyself!

  2. rebel1955 says:

    You achingly recreated necessity of listening to heart, mind and spirit. Thank you so much for this…

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