listen

do not listen when you are sad,
my daughter;
wait until you have dried your tears
and can laugh again.
do not listen when you are angry,
my son;
wait until you have released your fists
and can shake hands again.
do not listen when you are bitter,
my mother;
wait until the leaves have dried
before you step again.
do not listen when you are afraid,
my father;
wait until you have released your hallows
before you grip again.

listen. family. listen.
when you are safe.
from others. and from yourself.
when you are finally happy.
this I dedicate to you.
listen.

– Anne Pyle

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