I Love Listening

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My name is Shruti. The meaning of Shruti in Hindi is ‘Ear’, which makes me a person who ‘listens’. And trust me, I love listening.

Yes, I love listening to an extent that I hate small talk.

So, when you tell me how your day was,
do keep the description detailed.

Tell me why you couldn’t sleep last night,
and to what places your mind sailed.
Were your dreams full of scary drama,
or were you in a wonderland of a fairy tale?

Tell me the song you heard this morning,
and how did you end up humming it, the whole day?
Was it a reminder of long lost love,
or was it a prompt for yet another epic tale?

Tell me about the people you met today,
and with how many of them were you able to connect.
Did you make an effort to comprehend them,
or did their stories remain unveiled?

Tell me everything that you have to say, because trust me, I love listening.

Tell me why you believe in God,
or which movie you last watched?

Tell me about your dreams,
or what is it that makes your heart scream?

Tell me about the time when you saw your dad crying,
or how hard was that moment when you thought of dying?

Tell me about the things that may seem unimportant,
and don’t be sorry for any crazy idea that pops up in your head.

Tell me everything that you need to convey and I promise to stick to every last word that you have to say because trust me, I love listening.

Yes, I love listening to an extent that even if you don’t use your tongue to express yourself,
I would listen to the spark in your eyes.

Yes, I love listening to an extent that even if you come and sit by my side silently,
I would attend to the voice of your stillness.

And yes, I love listening to an extent that even if you fall short of words,
I would attend to the expression of your meaninglessness.

I promise to attend to the essence of your emptiness.
Because it is in your calmness, that I will find my peace.

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