Talking To a Wall

Been walking
a path leading to this guy.

Been visiting
every day, talking out troubles.

Been wondering
what I’d do if he talked back,
but he hasn’t, so far.

He’s been listening
without dispensing advice.

That’s valuable, you know,
finding someone who hears you
and actually listens.

Been thinking
if reason flew by on bird wings,
I might miss it in this place.

If hope unfolded in a fiddlehead,
it would be trampled underfoot.

If tomorrow rose like the sun,
right in the middle of this path,

I’d be too busy holding my head
in concert with this guy to notice.

photo by Marian Kent

Happy Monday! This is #10 of 30 Poems in November to benefit Center for New Americans.


  1. You DO have your groove back, don't you, Marian? I love this. love each of the images in the latter part of the poem, and the observations about listening in the first part. Anyway, nothing wrong with ditching the macro for the micro, sometimes. Good stuff!

  2. Sometimes a wall is preferable to anything else.. there are things you might miss.. but there are a lot of things I'd prefer to miss out on.. but do not trample those fiddleheads..

  3. Love the path and its destination. It would take some real fine listening to make me miss that fern. Mighty fine poem, Ms. Marian!

  4. Oh how I adore this poem. One of your best. "if reason flew by on bird wings"......"if hope unfolded in a fiddlehead...." Gorgeous.

  5. If hope unfolded in a fiddlehead,
    it would be trampled underfoot...

    Ain't that the truth!

  6. The path is not lonely......................

  7. Having someone (or something) to listen to us is so important. I like the picture very much, as well as the connection to the face.

  8. I loved this… posting the photo at the bottom is genius! I hope you will participate in the Gratitude Quilt this year. It is simple to join in and will make your heart happy when you see the love unfurl on Nov 27th. (no sewing involved) Just close your eyes. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale. Ask yourself "what am I grateful for in THIS moment?" listen to your heart and type out the words that flow from your heart and send them to me. There is a link to my email address and a link explaining this project if you don't know about it yet can be found at the top of my blog. If I've already asked you I apologize for being annoying :-)

  9. You build up the anticipation and curiosity and then the surprise! He's definitely a good listener :)

  10. He’s been listening
    without dispensing advice.

    It is good to listen and to hear all. One gets to know and learn more. Those who talk would invariably enrich others. Not talking can be a good thing. Great thoughts Marian!


  11. this title brings up Elvis Costello for me... "I've been talking to the wall and it's been answering me, oh darling how I miss you, I'm just a mere shadow of my former selfishness, I crave the silhouette of your kiss, with only the blue light of the TV on, lip-reading threats and false alarms"... and so on and so on.

  12. Ah, that nagging "Am I here on my own?" feeling...

  13. could hear the colloquial here. cool ~


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