I Told You Once

not listening

not listening (Photo credit: nytrist)

I told you once
In honesty
I told you twice
Deliberately
You did not listen
I spoke again
And this, my friend, makes three

I asked you once
To see my side
I pleaded twice
Turn back from pride
Instead you turned
Your back on me
This third time I’m denied

I spoke my truth
With no small fear
Twice showed respect
Thought you would hear
But this just proved
A fruitless task
I’ll never have your ear

(c) Helen Valentina 2013, All Rights Reserved

About helenvalentina

Like most people, I have a number of sides to me. The most interesting one probably emerges through my writing, hence this blog. I love to read, and also to write, and so this is a way to share both.
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23 Responses to I Told You Once

  1. Skye says:

    You just put into words exactly my heart. “I will never have your ear.” Sis, this is amazing. xxxx

  2. ptero9 says:

    Thankfully, this plague of not listening does not entirely engulf the world. But, there sure are some times when I find myself moving away from a conversation because it feels so much like I’m being talked at, just a mirror for someone who sadly, can’t take in otherness.
    I so enjoy your ability to write thought provoking and passionate poems!

  3. Listening. It’s so essential. Why do so few? These words are quietly powerful.

  4. Brian Hughes says:

    Van Gogh goes into a pub and the barman asks, “Do you want a pint?” To which Van Gogh replies, “No thanks. I’ve got one ear.” (I’ll get my hat.)

  5. ioniamartin says:

    This is wonderful! You always write with such emotion:)

    Sent from Samsung tablethelenvalentina wrote:

  6. Kirsten says:

    straight from the heart…

  7. This is such a painful and frustrating situation oddly it embodies 90% of my interactions with doctors.

    • You poor thing – that must be very frustrating!! πŸ™‚

      • It is Helen I had nightmares all night last night because I got a message in the mail saying I had a doctor’s appointment. The Health Care is cheap but it sucks. My husband’s mom is having significant health problems and they refuse to even do tests. I was sent home with no meds when I had bacterial pneumonia I had to go the emergency room to get treated and they could not understand how I could be so sick and be ignored at the doctor’s office. VΓ…rdcentral you have to go through it for everything medical and they don’t listen to you and they demean you! I had to go the first about the Epilepsy and the doctor made fun of me!

      • Your story highlights a deep, systemic problem with health care and social policy more generally. You have my sympathy even if, unfortunately, there is little I could do to help!

  8. howanxious says:

    If only some one would hear…
    Powerful words.

  9. You’re not acquainted with either of my husbands, are you? Ex or current?

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