I ask you to communicate
and never rely on implied meaning.
I say dissolving
through expression is key
to absolute inner harmony.
I want you to smash
through the wall that blocks reality,
yet for centuries,
lack of compliance prevents your triumph.
You must listen.
Listen to the waves as they crash
upon the unforgiving shores of life
while the water’s roar blends
with whistling wind
and the temptation of its whimper.
Listen like a fox
awaiting the scatter of its prey
and the corresponding promise of survival.
Listen to the mind’s music,
the complexity of people’s thoughts.
Prosperity lies in your willingness to listen.
But you refuse.
And proceed to gape at your own
This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.