Don’t just hear

Be in awe

Of the sounds


A shout of glee 

The lyrics to a song 

Playing on the radio

A whisper


Rain coming down

The cry of an infant

A coyote’showl 

The ambulance

Police sirens

A cat’s meow

The dogs growl

To the voices 

You recognize 

And the strangers

In the grocery line

To the friendly greeting 

From the sales clerk

And the deep sound

Of the preacher man

A choir singing

Gospel melodies

The teenage barista 

The weary nurse

Trying to her best

To sound hopeful

As the end draws near

To the birds chirping

Lawnmower running

Old man playing guitar

While his lady sings

The blues

To everything

That I can’t hear

And be filled


With gratitude 

For what you have
And I’ll listen 

My own way

With my eyes

And my heart

I’ll hear more

Than most of you

Ever will 


I really do

Jeanna’ Mead

July 25 2016

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