A Writer's 21st Century Memoir.

If “T” is for Talk Then “L” is for Listen

Writers of Kern Blogging Challenge (A-Z)


“A Time to Talk” by Robert Frost 

When a friend calls to me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don’t stand still and look around
On all the hills I haven’t hoed,
And shout from where I am, What is it?
No, not as there is a time to talk.
I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,
Blade-end up and five feet tall,
And plod: I go up to the stone wall
For a friendly visit.

“A Time to Listen” A response to Robert Frost

When a friend calls for me on the phone
And speeds her pace up so she can talk,
I stand still and heed
Leaving the things I haven’t done,
And I shut my mouth and say, nothing.
No, not as there is a time to listen,
I move my pen on the blank sheet,
Tip down and four inches tall,
And sit: I put my ear up to hear the call
Just to be there and listen.

3 Responses to “If “T” is for Talk Then “L” is for Listen”

  1. coopmama1

    Sometimes you need someone to remind you how simplistic it is to talk to the ones you love but how complex it is to lend an ear to truly listen. ☺️

  2. heyannis

    Listening to someone, making them know they are truly heard, is a great gift. It’s one that everyone craves but too few get it. Thanks. xoA


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