if you listened you would know forgiveness

if you would listen
to my voice
and not the tape
hissing in your head
from a thousand conversations

and none of them
with me

if you would hear my words
and not talk over them
before my mouth opens
arguing with yourself
using the language
you think I would say
to fill in the space
of my silence

the problem here
is supposition,
how you assume
the reason for our distance
can be solved
in a series of steps,
or how it
should be
something I hold
in my hands, and can be
laid down and picked up
at will

it can’t
and this love
is not easily blown away
like milkweed seeds,
scattered by the wind of our words
and floating off in it

any more
that the reason it faded
can be brushed off
like dust from our palms

but still

it dissipates

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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20 Responses to if you listened you would know forgiveness

  1. This is strong and comes from deep down. Two persons caught in a painful engagement!

    • Oh, how to respond? This is still raw–maybe too raw?

      What is most painful is standing somewhat more free of it and watching another struggle, if that makes any sense.

  2. dreamsoftwilight says:

    Lovely Susan. You should publish a book (unless you have already and then please let me know so I can buy it!)

  3. nelle says:

    Love how you wring out emotion into assemblages of words. No mincing of words, right to the heart.

  4. This reminds me of my relationship ~usually ego-filled~ excellent writing on a tough topic.~Faithfully Deb

  5. Rhonda says:

    Love your strength and you!

  6. boomiebol says:

    This is deeper than it appears. I like the tone it carries. I am having major issues with WP…my comments aren’t posting on other people’s blogs, and some posts including yours aren’t showing up on my email…i hope you get this :). Great job!!!

  7. Patricia Chenayi Nyandoro says:

    So true and wonderfully worded!

  8. Patricia Chenayi Nyandoro says:

    My husband and I ….

  9. jomul7 says:

    you captured so well the painful arguments that happen between two people when listening is simply out of the question. Raw and beautiful, I liked it!

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