Listen is a Verb-Poetry in Five

It’s Five Min. Friday, and you know what that means!  I will be linking up with my writing friends at Lisa Jo’s and bringing you my own twist of the exercise which I call “Poetry in Five” (you can click on that to read past poems).  I ended up doing Free Verse today instead of rhyme.  The word I had to write on today was LISTEN.
Five Minute Friday


Listen is a Verb:


It is when I Stop to listen that I truly HEAR.

What’s not being said outright,

but what is being spoken without words.

(Those gentle nuances that say so much more than words do alone)

Do you take time to really Listen to your fellow man?

To listen to the cries of their heart-

To not just be a casual bystander ,

Words spilling over you and running right off (like a water resistant rain coat so to speak :)),

Without absorbing the essence of it all-

But to be fully immersed,

To be a participant-

Putting aside Self for a moment,

Fully Present (in this modern age of multi-tasking),

to Truly engage for a moment in the life of another?

For this is where true connections are formed…

Not of the shallow variety,

But REAL , honest to goodness heart connections

that bridge the gap of differences-

Uniting us in Spirit,

as we realize we are all tied together

in this Human experience.

Listen is a Verb.

When we become active listeners,

We celebrate with jubilation one another’s dreams, passions, and accomplishments.

We lessen one another’s sorrows and burdens to make the load more bearable.

Emptiness is often replaced with a feeling of fulfillment, as we connect with something outside of ourselves.

We make a difference in the world.

We sometimes change lives. (you may not think you are making a difference to someone, but don’t underestimate the power of listening.  You may just be that blessing someone prayed for today!)

Often our own lives are changed in the process,

And we are richer for it.

For it is when we stop to Listen,

that we truly Hear…

And that is what makes all the difference.



©Rebekah Ann Stephenson 2013


shared joy doubled shared sorrow half sorrow


Here is a challenge for this coming week:  Slow down and pay attention to if you are listening as a verb this week.  When you take time to engage more fully and be more present as an active listener, how does it affect your relationship or connection with your spouse, friends, coworkers, family, or even a stranger?

What are your thoughts?  Feel free to share as together “We Live Inspired”,


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8 Responses to Listen is a Verb-Poetry in Five

  1. Andi says:

    We are all tied together. This is on my heart often. Being an active listener, good stuff today! Visiting from FMF.

    • Rebekah (We Live Inspired) says:

      Hi Andi! Thanks for the visit. I love connecting with new people :).

  2. Pattyann says:

    Love this one today. It is so true. We are all tied together. Sometimes it can be a challenge to remember that.

    • Rebekah (We Live Inspired) says:

      Thanks Pattyann 🙂 Will go read yours here soon. I think it can be very easy to notice differences or feel like we don’t all fit in, but you know, we really ARE all tied together in more ways than we know.

  3. Joy Lenton says:

    Lovely poetic thoughts, Rebekah. When we truly offer the gift of listening with spirit, heart and mind we can tune into “what is being spoken without words” and offer ourselves as both burden and joy sharers. This type of listening is a rare and beautiful thing to aim for. Blessings 🙂 xx

    • Rebekah (We Live Inspired) says:

      I am glad you linked up Joy, because I didn’t find your blog at FMF yesterday. Will head on over now! I love how you said “the GIFT of listening”. I think the best gifts we can give people in this life are just love, listening, and our time. The free things! I am with you- I think it is rare, but as for me, it is my mission to try to live that way as much as possible. Such beautiful thoughts here that you shared. Well put! Blessings and hugs to you this weekend!

  4. O’ to listen. To Him. Through you! In the Oneness, yet again, dear Rebekah!

    • Rebekah (We Live Inspired) says:

      Beautiful comments and encouragements as always Paula. Love you and so glad you stopped by! I didn’t find you at FMF yesterday (I looked), so I am heading on over to read yours now.