Judith Gerstenkorn


Close your eyes and listen
Feel the steady beat
Believe in what you hear
Not only what you see

Close your eyes and listen
Start to trust your ears
Forget about opening your eyes
Stay quiet and keep listening

Close your eyes and listen
And whatever it is you hear
Remember every little sound
Don't see, but hear the image

Close your eyes and listen
To the rain drops on the roof
Listen to the voices, hushed
Listen to the wind

Close your eyes and listen
Sounds don't need a meaning
You don't need to try decipher
All you do is listen

Close your eyes and listen
Believe in what you hear
Let the wave rush through you
Listen, go on, listen

April 2009

Submitted: Saturday, October 20, 2012


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This is an extremely important poem to me, because with it comes a memory of sitting in the guest house in Tanzania with my best friend reading her this poem while rain poured noisily onto the corrugated iron roof. It is one of the clearest memories I have.

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