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.

©Paul 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! 💙👍 enjoyable reading 👌

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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 🙂

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  5. 🙂 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 👌
    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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