Listening is the Hardest Thing

 
You’re waiting to speak
and before you know it
you’re interrupting her interruption
Stay self-focused…don’t lose your concentration.
and before you know it
you’re weighing up each word
scrutinising the shine…or not…in her eyes.
and before you know it
you’re watching her hands…
crooking and intertwining her fingers…in assent…
stretching and flexing her palms…in doubt…
and before you know it
you’re listening…to her listening
but…you’re still talking…
and before you know it…
now you’re waiting…
impatiently…for you
to…stop talking and shut up
And before you know it
she’s whispering wisdom…
and all is quiet endless silence.

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