Active listening is the skill set of a mature spirit. How many times have I been guilty of interrupting someone, convinced that what I have to say is more important? Cultural influences play a role in the development of listening skills certainly, but what responsibility do I have in developing greater listening skill? Technology is creating an environment that seems to approve of poor listening. We can now shout out our opinions anonymously to a global audience and choose not to listen to arguments against that opinion with one keystroke. What am I missing when I refuse to listen?


The Lightening Rod

Catches the Lightening.


Be careful what you write,

Someone might read it.


Be careful what you say,

Someone might hear it.


Be careful where you go,

Someone might see you.


Be careful what you think,

It could lead to action

Bringing down the lightening.


Listen first, then

Take a chance,

Be the Lightening Rod!

© 2015 Bessie Adams Senette

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Bessie Senette

Bessie Senette is the author of Cutting the Clouds: a Bayou Mystic’s Poems, Musings, and Imaginings – an autobiographical collection of poems and essays about the life and culture of her bayou upbringing and the spirituality that informs her traditional healing gifts. Her current work-in-progress is Louisiana Pines: Homeland Poems and Vignettes; a chapbook that poetically explores her beloved home state.

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