The voice sometimes takes over,
all good intentions of course,
but it forgets
the ears have a job to do as well.
As the lips move, passion builds
as a case is made,
losing connection with the heart of the other,
forgetting the words of the Holy Book:
“Be quick to listen,
slow to speak
slow to become angry.”
How much better to first give the ears
rein in the tongue of fire,
and opinions for awhile
Be prepared to learn from another’s
point of view.
are often found
in hidden places,
for the quick to listen
to hear them.
© 2015 Julie Clark
My oh my – it’s so much easier to talk first though!