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Don't underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can't hear, and not bothering - Winnie the Pooh

>> 8 April 2009

Photo by Rachmaninoff


Lying on the couch
in a silent, darkened living room
my body fights the flu

Trying to sleep
dozing off into a subconscious state
my mind seeking rest

Brain switched off
children taken care of by the grandparents
the house is silent

But I hear something
birds singing joyfully outside
I imagine the sun

A car passes on the road
a string of sound from left to right
I cannot see, but it is there

The computer buzzes
the wind brushes through the hedge
the wooden roof aches

It is amazing
the sounds you hear when you close your eyes
and start really listening

(c) Mindful Mimi - April 2009
Thanks to for prompting this poem on the theme of Listening.


SandyCarlson 8 April 2009 at 11:44  

It is! Our world vibrates with life, with activity.

MindFul MiMi 8 April 2009 at 13:27  

@ Sandy: Thanks for the prompt. I'll be back for inspiration.

Amias 8 April 2009 at 22:35  

It is indeed amazing. Without sound there would be no life --- listening is about living. I enjoyed this.

Tumblewords: 9 April 2009 at 23:08  

It's strange how we live without listening and once tuned in how much there is to hear... I love 'the wooden roof aches' - a delightful phrase.

Tammie Lee 11 April 2009 at 06:51  

Yes, when we listen, there is so much to hear! wonderful poem.

MindFul MiMi 12 April 2009 at 13:02  

@ Amias: Thanks for visiting and glad you enjoyed it. Come back anytime.

@ Tumblewords: yup, the wooden roof ached despite the fact that it's new. Taught me that not only old things talk - if you listen.

@ Tammie Lee: Thank you Tammie. Glad you liked it.

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