Listen…and walk in everlasting shoes

“You listen with only one purpose: to help him or her to empty his heart…”

Thich Nhat Hahn

Photo Credit; Jane H. Johann, Dec. 2014 "Walk in the Shoes of One Another"

Photo Credit; Jane H. Johann, Dec. 2014 “Walk in the Shoes of One Another”

Listen…and walk in everlasting shoes

among the broken-hearted

Listen…and walk in everlasting shoes

…hear the sighs–the silent whispers of the child

waiting for a hug of reassurance

Listen…and walk in everlasting shoes

…feel the judgment

we lay upon the homeless…

Listen…and walk in everlasting shoes

…crawl into the skin

of those oppressed because of the color of their skin

Listen…and walk in everlasting shoes

…touch the loneliness unspoken

of the aged in the walls of the nursing home

Listen…and walk in everlasting shoes

…open your arms to those battered

and abused

Listen…and walk in everlasting shoes

 

 

 

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“to walk in everlasting shoes”–Victorian era— to walk barefoot

10 thoughts on “Listen…and walk in everlasting shoes

  1. If we only listened more the world would be a more peaceful place. Love the photo and the words.

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    • dear Sheri~
      How GOOD to hear from you! I hope you and Tom are doing well! Thank you for your visit and comment! Sincerely, Jane

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      • Jane – I was watching Tom sleep at the hospital and your blog rolled around in my reader. I was ever so pleased to see you there. I’m always happy when the reader works the way I want it to – as in provide me with blogs I love to read instead of people I’ve never heard of.
        Tom is very ill. Mon he had heart surgery, Tue was specialized trauma surgery on his arm and then Wed a bronc scope. The diagnosis from the scope is Histoplasmosis–we don’t need yet another serious disease for him. I do hope you are well. Sheri

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      • dear Sheri~
        I am so sorry to hear about all that Tom is suffering…you both have had more than your fair share of suffering. I do hope that he does not have anything more to deal with…I keep YOU in my heart and prayers!
        I am doing ok…as well as I can.
        Love and hugs to you both!
        Jane

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  2. Clanmother says:

    A profound and thoughtful poem that reminds us that our steps must be chosen with care and compassion. Thank you.

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  3. Mari Gabrielson says:

    As always, beautifully written.  This particular poem is truly touching and a masterpiece.   Thanks for sharing the worn tennis shoes, with the poem.  Perfect.

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  4. Beautiful, I could feel the words in my bones. Listening, something we could practice more of in coming to our own fullness. Thank you.

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