That Old Self-talk – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

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That Old Self-talk

I’m harder on myself than you are,
yet your judgement somehow wounds me more –
how can you possibly say that?
I say to myself.
And you say what I have been avoiding.
Yet I think I make sense of myself,
and I measure your integrity by that,
which means,
I measure myself by your commitment to me.
Whoever said this was objective?
So don’t make me laugh,
tis but a game,
a self deceit,
of looking for love, for self,
in all the wrong places,
and the damage we do to ourselves,
by talking,
but not listening.

ยฉPaul Vincent Cannon




Filed under Free Verse, mindfulness, poem, psychology

29 responses to “That Old Self-talk – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. Great …can relate! ๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ‘ enjoyable reading ๐Ÿ‘Œ

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  2. I agree were too self critical.

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  3. Listening seems to be a lost art. With the introduction of social media especially Twitter we all have so much to say.

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  4. lol I am sure you echoed too many minds but not yours ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. ๐Ÿ™‚ When one talks to oneself, who (i.e., what) is it who (that) is listening?

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  6. and the damage we do to ourselves,
    by talking,
    but not listening.

    Wow!! Superb ๐Ÿ‘Œ
    Listening is so essential.

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  7. If only those who are eager to criticise would take a moment to listen.

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  8. There is a man I have known almost 50 years who almost never says anything, but when he does, he remembers the most amazing things. Then a few years ago, I realized the reason he says so little — he is listening.

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  9. Akshaya Thulasi

    Nice !!
    Enjoyed reading

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  10. lync56

    That is a complex and deep poem – well written


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  11. I learned years ago, it’s not what we say, but how we listen that makes a difference. Especially in prayer. Lovely poem.

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