How to Listen

by Joyce Sutphen


Tilt your head slightly to one side and lift

your eyebrows expectantly. Ask questions.


Delve into the subject at hand or let

things come randomly. Don't expect answers.


Forget everything you've ever done.

Make no comparisons. Simply listen.


Listen with your eyes, as if the story

you are hearing is happening right now.


Listen without blinking, as if a move

might frighten the truth away forever.


Don't attempt to copy anything down.

Don't bring a camera or a recorder.


This is your chance to listen carefully.

Your whole life might depend on what you hear.


From First Words. © Red Dragonfly Press, 2010.


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