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To Those Who’ll Listen

I wish I could whisper to your desires, ‘There is more. Much more.’

THOUGHT TRANSLATION AUTHOR Ian Martin 01 OCTOBER 2016 12:15 h GMT+1
city, sight, buildings Photo: Scott Webb (Unsplash, CC)

TO THOSE WHO'LL LISTEN



To a friend.



 



What a flimsy raft is the unexamined life,



A well unplumbed,



A feast uneaten,



How can eyes be ajar and yet not see,



Or ears be hollow but fail to reverberate?



I wish I could whisper to your desires,



‘There is more. Much more.’



But my thoughts cannot be your thoughts,



For they inhabit different pages in a different book,



But still I long,



I long to edge open the door’s beaming light



And gently lead you into the dance.



But who am I?



Just another blind man learning



What shapes and colours must be like,



A proud one at that,



With hints of a patronising paternalism,



Is this an abundance of redundances?



Are my words spent like evaporated dew?



I have to give what I can,



And trust, yes grasp- to Faith,



That a human heart can be tenderised,



That willingness can be sown,



But in the process I feel the solitude,



Of one who sees a tapestry in every fleeting glimpse,



Who hears a heartbeat in the footsteps and machines,



But whose fellows seem content to



Lick the icing, but never…



 



Obstinate,



Words are like a gift,



In language I create very near ex-nihilo,



And so,



Together with the one who calls,



I join in the song and



Sing to those who’ll listen.


 

 


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