Can I? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon


“When someone receives us with open-hearted, non-judging, intensely interested listening, our spirits expand.” Sue Patton Thoele

Can I?

So simple to shut out all the extraneous 
clutter of the street, lyrical airwaves,
garden sounds flying through the
windows buzzing, quelling even what 
my mind is captive to, captivated by,
placed on hold, but can I really listen,
sure, I can hear you, but can I really
attend to what is wrestled in your
meaning, conveyed by your feeling,
I can feel your voice, but can I feel
your words at their core across the 
space that is you, not you, 
and me, not me, can I listen deeply 
to the fulness of you?

©Paul Vincent Cannon


Filed under awareness, Free Verse, life, mindfulness, poem, quote, relationship

37 responses to “Can I? – a poem by Paul Vincent Cannon

  1. A beautiful, thoughtful poem, Paul. ❤ One of the deepest human needs is to be heard and understood. Have a great week! 🙂

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  2. Lovely words, Paul. Stay blessed 💐😊

    Liked by 4 people

  3. Listening properly seems to be a dying art.

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  4. The way you write, so much insight, you must be a good listener.

    Sent from Yahoo Mail on Android

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  5. Your poem reminds me of the Beatles song I Want To Tell You.

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  6. Whoa that deep and lovely ❤

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  7. That deep and true listening is one of the greatest gifst we can give each other.

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  8. Amy

    feel your voice, but can I feel your words… — beautifully express, Paul.

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  9. Hey Paul,
    Can I share my new blog with you? It will focus on highlighting ethical products for people on budget – I feel that it’s an important topic as we face climate change in the face of a pandemic-induced recession.

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  10. Also – I agree with the others here: great poem!

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  11. Such a rare and precious gift….listening as well as your words, Paul.

    Liked by 1 person

  12. I am always on the way to remember, what your poem advices. Michael

    Liked by 1 person

  13. This is wonderful Paul. A blessing if this happens.

    Liked by 1 person

  14. Charis Counselling

    I love this poem – very relevant to my profession


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