#FiveMinuteFriday: Listen

Faith Poetry Writing

I’m joining #FiveMinuteFriday over at Kate Motaung’s place. The word prompt is LISTEN. Below is five minutes of free flow writing. The forward slashes indicate where the timer started and ended. Go!

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//Music marches on the ground before me
Beats bounce toward my chest –
bop,
boom,
blipp.

Lyrics lick wounds
Hallelujah healing binds – wounds – sutures – tight
When we show up to worship

Fickle flesh changes in a moment of praise
Glory grit granulated in our mouths – days of labor
Labeled loosely.//

The word LISTEN reminds me of music and Sunday morning worship or when my husband raps about labor and labor laws. It all came to me in a burst that is the poem above. I’ve also been thinking about my writing playlist for the month of October. I’m participating in a 31-day free write challenge for the entire month. Deets here if you want to join too! What’s Your Groove: Writing Playlist LinkUp

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The blurb below is me cheating and going beyond 5 minutes for something a little more thought out.

We are at our best when we listen and not continuously regurgitate. When we listen to understand and not listen to respond, we make the greatest impact. 

There are myriad situations and concerns brought up daily. [Thank you social media – but, not really.] These situations and concerns require our full attention, yet we respond in haste. We’re armed with our pre-thought out argument before the question arises. This is harmful and not what Jesus taught us about our mouths.

I know, friend. I’m guilty too.

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. – Ephesians 4:29

I think that’s God’s nice way of saying, “If you don’t have something nice to say don’t say it at all.” Yikes. How many times have we been there?

Not every post requires us to mouth off (calling the kettle black here and working diligently on it). Those uncomfortable posts require us to listen and approach them from a different perspective.

I know. When I see people share recipes that completely change the face of Mexican food, I want to scream. No! That is not how you make a chile relleno! Guess what friends? What if I tasted it from their perspective? What could I learn about my cooking from that?

What if I refocused my perspective to come from above instead of from inside?

How are your perspective headphones fitting today?

Here are some articles I found interesting this week: 

  1. A Psychologist Offers Tips for Better Listening
  2. 3 Everyday Practices That Will Make You A Good Listener

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