He looks at me intensely,
dying to speak, but his voice
is drowned out by the voices of others.
Give me the awareness
to take this one aside
and let them talk to me!
Give me the ability
to listen to them, to hear them,
to not interrupt or offer advice!
It is the quiet ones
who need us to hear them.
Be sure to invest some time
with any of the quiet ones
who have entered into your life.
Because the one who has pain
yet is unable to share it, to speak it
is the one the pain may overwhelm,
with tragic consequences.