Listen

You tell me what’s on your mind
I try to listen
but all I can hear is my mind
afraid you’ll stop talking
and I won’t know what to say.

You tell me things
they’re hard to hear
and I can tell by your eyes
the quaver in your voice
these things are hard to say.

I want to be a friend to you
but I don’t know how
and later I’ll feel guilty
that I couldn’t listen
that I couldn’t speak.

I try to relate
but I can’t
I feebly respond
talking about myself
it’s all I know how to do.

Later when you think of me
I hope you will feel my sincerity
that you feel love in my voice
that my words convey the right meaning
when I don’t know what to say.

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