Grow By Listening
We can grow by simply listening,
the way the tree on that ridge listens
its branches to the sky,
the way blood listens
its flow to the site of a wound,
the way you listen
like a basin when my head so full of grief
can’t look you in the eye.
We can listen our way
out of anger,
if we let the heart soften
the wolf we keep inside.
We can last by listening deeply,
the way roots reach for the next inch of earth,
the way an old turtle listens all he hears
into the pattern of his shell.
~ Mark Nepo