Kind Words are Not Always Heard

Sometimes there is no subtext,
We just say what we mean,
But if we say it nicely,
Then the listener’s not too keen.
Thinking we don’t mean it.
Thinking that we lie.
Thinking that nice words we say
Are insults on the sly.
Some people can’t hear compliments;
In positives they hear,
Not good things,
But unpleasant things,
Lurking very near.
It’s hard to be persistent.
To keep on being nice,
When the good words you take time to speak,
Are treated like they’re lies.
But time and time again we try,
To make our kind words heard,
In the hope that finally, one day,
They’ll sink in, every word.
Kind Words are Not Always Heard - a poem by Pooky

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11 Responses to Kind Words are Not Always Heard

  1. Pooky, this really ‘speaks’ to me. After what happened on Christmas Eve with my M-I-L, I went all ‘oh I’m just a burden, no one loves me, they’re just being kind – blah, blah, blah’ until I realised what an insult it was to the people I love. Because she touched on my fear of being a burden, for a little while I allowed her cruel words to detract from all the wonderful, loving people I’m surrounded by. How dare I judge them as uncaring! I feel their love when they walk into my home, and in every precious, loving email they send because they know I hate the phone, just sharing a cup of tea and a chat is a precious gift to, and from, those we love.
    As soon as I get some ink for my printer I shall print this one out, if that’s ok with you, and place it in the room I sit in so I can see it every day. Sometimes our old broken bits can be poked, and then we can block our ears and hearts to the goodness around us.
    In case you didn’t notice, I really like this one, Pooky. 🙂
    Tricia xx


    • PookyH says:

      It makes me proud to think that you’d want to be able to look back at this, that you can take something from it.

      I too should look back at it sometimes as whilst I’m the frustrated speaker of kind words not heard this time, I know I’m sometimes the unhearing recipient too.


  2. T. D. Davis says:

    This is so true on so many levels. Well done.


  3. I found this touched on an aspect of life we all encounter from time to time, not believing what people say to us or not hearing the words for what they are.Sometimes we do close ourselves off to people and refuse to hear their true words believing they speak with forked tongue every time they open their mouths. I think we have to be kinder to others and more so to ourselves. Thanks Pooky you have raised an important issue here.


  4. wbdeejay says:

    This is so true, I’ve been on both sides of this. Sometimes at home it just happens despite best intentions and repeated clarifications.


  5. wbdeejay says:

    Phrases mistaken
    Kind words ill-taken
    Foundations are shaken
    Angers awaken


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