Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Listening Post (Poem)

Listening Post

I want to open my door,
tell you to come in, sit
down, watch that first

word form and then go
on to another. You might
try harder to tune out

the extraneous, adjust
your pitch, push buttons
to change the frequency

of any messages incoming.
I am not dumb to gestures.
Shouting's not necessary.

A man's tongue can be loud
and his heart say nothing.
Silence fills its own deep void.

This line between hearing
and not can be moved, signs
made once re-paraphrased.

Your fingers across lips are
but a caesura. Leave them
open. Accept this one kiss.

© 2014 Maureen E. Doallas

23 comments:

SimplyDarlene said...

Miss Maureen - You took me on an unexpected turn with those last three lines.

Wow.

Blessings.

Peggy Rosenthal said...

Maureen, you capture so well here the various textures of intimate communication… and its fragility. Every line here is pitch-perfect.

Brian Miller said...

A man's tongue can be loud
and his heart say nothing.
Silence fills its own deep void.

This line between hearing
and not can be moved, signs
made once re-paraphrased.

sorry to copy half your poem there...but it really spoke to me about poetry/speech/communication...esp the second part on the line moving...and signs made...

Björn said...

I think this moment of realization filling the void of silence... with what? ..

Anthony Desmond said...

"A man's tongue can be loud
and his heart say nothing.
Silence fills its own deep void" that speaks volumes.

dkirkstokes said...

I think I've met her... : ) We color things with our own experiences,and I saw an event...

Mary said...

What stood out strongest for me is the image of a man's tongue can be loud and his heart say nothing. Indeed, sometimes for some it seems easier to clack one's teeth than to feel something deep inside

Walt Wojtanik said...

The tender expression has captured me. You weave words so well. I enjoy this.

Kenia Cris said...

Ok, this is really beautiful. Really.

and this line here:

A man's tongue can be loud
and his heart say nothing.
, what a killer.

Superb writing.

<3

Abhra said...

This is a brilliant piece of writing - am still lost at the wonderful close. Hat's off!

November Rain - k~ said...

This was a tasty treat.
k~

notenoughpoetry.com said...

I liked the caesura, the last lines really nailed it for me. Very beautifully written, Maureen.

nance.mdr said...

i am not dumb to gestures.

and

push buttons
to change the frequency
of any messages incoming.

click click

RMP said...

after reading the last stanza, I had to go back and read this again...but jumps upward before starting once again from the top...the piece totally turned around on me and took new meaning. I really enjoyed this poem.

Hope said...

a privilege to read your works Maureen! agree with all the comments. from the beginning to the end. the last three lines captured it all and took my breath away. thank you!

S. Etole said...

hearing vs. listening ..

Reflections said...

Some intriguing tones... melodic yet startling. Wonderful piece.

bwfiction said...

I liked this - and liked how at the end, touch says more than words...

Beachanny said...

What a sensuous and sensual response to poetry. Elegant and dense metaphor. Very satisfying. Loved it.

Mine is here this time: http://hollyheir.wordpress.com/2014/03/04/unfolding/

Ruth Mowry said...

You've no idea how pertinent this poem is for me at the moment! Really fine work. That line works very well for me, too:

A man's tongue can be loud
and his heart say nothing.

Wolfsrosebud said...


A man's tongue can be loud
and his heart say nothing.

I felt this was the heart of your piece... lovely

Akila G said...

Quite often than not listening translated into observations brings out poetry - silence fills its own void...loved that! a stellar close.

freyawrites.com said...

How simply beautiful.