Listen Before You Speak

(Terza Rima)

There is a meaning in everything told
Even in a single word, or few more
Just listen to what is said, none to hold.

There are some things you know to be folklore,
But vehemently kept in mind, without
Spilling beans to others about their core.

There are some things you could not speak about
What you have seen or heard, just kept secret
Until the right moment, and ready to shout.

Be cognizant of what is requisite,
For life is full of inconsistencies;
Speak only when spoken to: display wit
To help rid the world of atrocities.

This poem is about: 
My family
My community
My country
Our world


Leonard Dabydeen

When you're not ready to listen, you should not be prepared to speak. What is there to talk about?

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