March 3 Challenge: Communication

on communication

Little Girl
From RealSimple.com
i was sitting
on the front porch swing
wondering to myself
about matters of life
and death
and paying bills
not even noticing
that you were
tip-tip-tapping
on my shoulder.
 
i shooed you away
like a pesky fly
swirling about my head
and shoulders
not even feeling
the sting of pain
that comes when
one heart rejects
another.
 
now i wonder.
what were you trying
to say to me
that day?
 

Written for both the March 3 Challenge and for the Thursday Jingle Poet's Rally.

March 3 Challenge:  Communication.  I wonder what you would have said, that you didn't?  What would you have heard, that you ignored?  Whose voices do you say are "other" and not worthy of hearing?  Whose voices get preferential treatment?   

Please add your link in the comments or paste your submission into the comments.  Be a good neighbor and visit and comment on other folk’s works!  Please tag your work “MarchChallenge”

Many blessings on your journey.

P.S.  A compilation of all links can be found here.

Today’s Links: 

 Otter Blossom

Buddha’s World of the Arts

Lady Nimue

Mange Tout Etc.

Margaret Bednar

Verse in a Nutshell

Honey Haiku

Viv in France

Mike Patrick

Tintasy

Prompted 2 Write

Light Verse

Pat Cegan

Becca Givens

52 comments

  1. danroberson said on March 2, 2011
    Did you hear what they were saying even while they were silent? Did you voice encouragement when they thought they failed? Did you wish for more chances to speak? Did you hunt for excuses to explain why your own world was more important than theirs? Do you still find excuses? Do you blame yourself for missing out? Do you sleep well at night? If you have more questions than answers, more excuses than truths, listen again and remember it's not always about self. Listen often, speak less.
    1. Colin Stewart said on March 2, 2011
      Quite an indictment, Dan. And the old adage, "we have two ears and one mouth...we are supposed to listen twice as much as we talk." Shalom.
    2. ladynimue said on March 2, 2011
      Ah ! Said like a true sage !! Wise words to ponder ..
  2. goldenhairbear10 said on March 2, 2011
    http://verseinanutshell.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/sense/ Day # 3 Communication
  3. honeyhaiku said on March 2, 2011
    Day #3 http://honeyhaiku.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/358/ I love your interpretation of the prompt. I know I have been there before.
    1. Colin Stewart said on March 2, 2011
      We all have, I believe. Anybody who claims different...
  4. ladynimue said on March 2, 2011
    We all have done this so often .. something to correct as soon as you relaize !
    1. Colin Stewart said on March 2, 2011
      Yes. I am just wondering how many times it happens that we don't realize. :-(
  5. vivinfrance said on March 2, 2011
    A salutary lesson. I left my link in the wrong place: http://vivinfrance.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/communication-for-march-challenge/ mea culpa
  6. Jingle said on March 2, 2011
    the unanswered question leaves us pondering... well penned. :) Happy Rally.
  7. Julie Jordan Scott said on March 3, 2011
    This one got me in the heart. Wow. I didn't know of your challenge, either. I hope it isn't too late to start... Now, to listen carefully to my beloved children.
    1. Colin Stewart said on March 3, 2011
      Absolutely not to late to do the challenge. Any time you want to jump in or out. Now proceed with listening to your heart.
  8. lunawitch15 said on March 3, 2011
    Doesnt tho? I often think n wobder if I listen enough to my own. Do they know im still listening with my heart if not my ears?
    1. Colin Stewart said on March 3, 2011
      It's hard to know, isn't it.
  9. bendedspoon said on March 3, 2011
    Wow it hits me! Sometimes I worry about life and reject its beauty at the same time. Beautiful reminder :)
  10. Mike Patrick said on March 3, 2011
    March challenge, Day #3 http://thepoetsquill.wordpress.com/2011/03/02/cloaked-monk%E2%80%99s-march-challenge-day-3/
  11. otterblossom said on March 3, 2011
    Day 3 - Communication http://otterblossom.wordpress.com/2011/03/03/march-challenge-3-communication/
  12. Paulo Guimaraes said on March 3, 2011
    Wow, this really touched me! I can be that way with my daughtre, and I can see the hurt in her face when I tell her I am busy. If she wasn't sleeping, I would give her a giant hug now!! Lol!
  13. Sam said on March 3, 2011
    It is a shame how we ignore others at times... and we end up regretting it.
  14. Paulo Guimaraes said on March 3, 2011
    Through this up on my facebook wall, hope that was c0ol?
    1. Colin Stewart said on March 4, 2011
      Totally cool!
  15. Paulo Guimaraes said on March 3, 2011
    Here is my submission for March 3rd, communication: http://thewaytoshaolin.blogspot.com/2011/03/for-march-challenge-at.html
  16. ladynimue said on March 3, 2011
    And here's my post : http://ladynimue.wordpress.com/2011/03/03/thank-you/
  17. earlybird said on March 3, 2011
    ouch - this really touched me. I dread to think how many times I've done this. My children, fed up of not getting a response to 'Mum' used to resort to calling out my first name to get my attention... (actually, they still do age 23 and 25!)
  18. earlybird said on March 3, 2011
    and here's my contribution for today http://mangetoutetc.wordpress.com/2011/03/03/communication/
  19. David King said on March 3, 2011
    This is a great blog. I have had an enjoyable few minutes scrolling through it, but will have to come back to explore more thoroughly. Congrats.
  20. redroom10 said on March 3, 2011
    Hope you find the answer to this one day :)
  21. Margaret Bednar said on March 3, 2011
    Thank you, once again. Here is my poem on "communication": The Kiss
  22. fiveloaf said on March 3, 2011
    nice poem cloak! my wk 39 is here.. http://fiveloaf.wordpress.com/2009/11/17/regret/
  23. Krislin, Ting (S.Pike) said on March 3, 2011
    Oh my... that always happened, doesn't it... Yeah, when we get too caught up with what seemed to make life and neglect the smaller things... Here is mine for the rally and hope to see you there, taking the time to read what I have to say.. *wink* http://www.tingtasy.com/2011/03/collections-of-tings-poetry-tpmar101.html
  24. adreamygal said on March 3, 2011
    First time here , hope I did justice : http://prompted2write.blogspot.com/2011/03/tune.html
  25. Andy said on March 3, 2011
    Love this! And the perfect image to go with too. I wonder how often I do this to my children :-S
  26. tigerbrite said on March 3, 2011
    We are all guilty of this aren't we? Don't think on the what if ? Just send your love back there and they will know.
  27. vivinfrance said on March 3, 2011
    I've always loved the Secret Garden - used it for teaching English to French youngsters.
  28. Becca Givens said on March 3, 2011
    We all need lessons in communication! Day 3: http://beccagivens.wordpress.com/2011/03/03/closer/
  29. lolamouse said on March 3, 2011
    At times we need to remember to stop and listen. With everything going on around us, this can be difficult. Thank you for reminding me!
  30. Mike Patrick said on March 4, 2011
    Viv got me fired up, so let's knock all the rascals down. http://thepoetsquill.wordpress.com/2011/03/03/cloaked-monk%E2%80%99s-march-challenge-day-4/
  31. Ashley said on March 4, 2011
    It is so often that we don't listen until it's too late, and we always have the best reason/excuse for not listening. Well written.
  32. Little Liu said on March 4, 2011
    Wow, this seems to have its own quick, harried pace of a person wondering about every day life; I wonder who the narrator is wondering about. Is she thinking about her child? Is she thinking about someone she's recently lost? Excellent detail; giving enough to ignite the imagination.
  33. Leo (Leonnyes) said on March 5, 2011
    we all seem to forget that some1 is there asking us for a moment of our time. the moment might be valuable to us, but an answer from us might make all their moments that much more pleasurable perhaps.. cheers! nice one, Monk! My Thursday Poets Rally Week 39
  34. Dishilicious said on March 5, 2011
    awww! a mistake we all make : nicely written. really like it.
  35. trisha said on March 5, 2011
    splendid poem jane, a soul stirring one.
  36. A.B. Thomas said on March 5, 2011
    Fantastic write! A good tag to show that no matter the depth of our own thoughts we should at least be aware of anothers
  37. Sad to think how often we shrug away our loved ones especially as children, any yet never is there enough we can say when the years fade our shut out hearts. Beautiful glimpse of young hope, and the entrancing dream of adulthood
  38. dragonkatet said on March 5, 2011
    Mmm...a wonderful lesson of awareness. I like that you used the image of a child for this piece - it makes it more powerful, though it could apply to any loved one.
    1. Colin Stewart said on March 5, 2011
      When I first wrote it, I was thinking of the Divine, the my mind turned to practical matters! :-)
  39. BUTTERFLIES OF TIME said on March 6, 2011
    A sharp reminder ... to me I have made this mistake so often.being busy is not an excuse at all. Thank you
  40. dustandwater said on March 6, 2011
    There is a truly painful emotion in here. I don't know if it was intended, but it seems to me that the person trying to speak has since passed on? Now there is no way of ever knowing what they would have said? Utterly devastating. Very well captured. Keep it up!
  41. Raghu said on March 24, 2011
    good one..:D
  42. yelena m. said on March 25, 2011
    An honest verse, that's the human nature to reject beauty sometimes and the realization often comes too late...Thank you for sharing.
  43. Olivia said on March 29, 2011
    You got me with this one! Very enchanting to read you. So much closer to life- written eloquently.. :) Smiles n hugs xx

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