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Created: 3rd May, 2024

Good Listener

Good Listener

 

Everyone keeps asking how I am

but what can I say?

 

If I say I’m sad, they say

I should be thankful I’m still here.

 

If i say I’m doing OK, they say

that’s surprising after what I’ve been through.

 

If I say I’m angry, they say

I should have been more careful.

 

If I say I don’t know how I am, they say

I should talk more.

 

But no-one want to listen.

Apart from you.

 

You’re the only one I can talk to.

You’re a good listener for a tree.

 

© Stephen Lightbown from And I Climbed And I Climbed, illustrated by Shih-Yu Lin (Troika 2023)

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