Beyond and Underneath
Look beyond the tough exterior
Through the eyes
To hear the soft murmurs of
Each and every soul.
Hear the truth behind
The truth behind the angry words.
See each person as that and so much more.
We all long to be heard
We all need to know we’re good enough
We all seek praise and absolution.
Some need outside validation
Until they build it from within.
Be tender with your words
Spread kindness from your heart.
Leave no one out.
Listen to what lies underneath the surface and
The world will change before
Your very eyes.
We share vulnerability and pain
We share goodness and love,
Focus an open heart
On all that’s shared.
What have you discovered by listening beyond what people say?