I was talking to my sister
the other day
and I said, “I go to sleep, listening to the sounds outside.”
“But don’t you live in the city?” She asked.
“Yes,” I said.
“But you don’t like the city,” she said.
“Then why do you listen to the city sounds?”
“For the same reason I listen to people. I hear their conversations
and I know, I don’t want any part of them. If you don’t listen, you don’t know
and you have to listen to remind yourself.”
She looked at me funny. “What about nature?” She asked. “Why don’t you live in nature?”
“Nature can teach us something, if we listen to it; just how people will teach us something
if we listen to them. Nature teaches us
there is no time
pride is foolish
we can only afford to have pride in the city
when we are around people
because nature tests us
and if we don’t know our limitations
it’s a killer.
and all the things that go along with it
I live too much in my own mind
too far away from reality
to live in nature
Even though, I love nature
I still love to listen to the city.”
My sister actually thought about what I said. Then she said, “I prefer a quiet house
I like to read
in the quiet
sleep in the quiet.”
I guess that’s the difference between us
I want to hear all the nasty words
I shut the world out
but I still listen to it
I would ask to hear every nasty word said against me
they far outweigh the good
as they always do
because there are more nasty words said
How do I know this?
I’ve been listening…