im-listening-vikki-reed                                                          “I’m Listening” by Vikki Reed


How is it that just a voice
can bring me tears…
not of sadness but of awe?
That puts me in a forest
and leaves me there to dream
when I close my eyes
and listen how you see me.
I could be blind and yet
I would be snapping photographs
of every monumental scene.
I could have my hands
tied behind my back
but if I still had ears,
and a voice to speak,
there would always be this desire
to reach out and then again… and again.

I touch you like the sightless,
my finger tips ride
your oscillating sounds…
Your silences have tears,
your tears come encased in poetry.
One thing is very true,
I’ve always been so good
at accepting gifts
The Artist leaves for me.

so heavenly and human
Gratefulness …
so humbling,
It joins our higher selves
to our chambers less aware.
Where there’s grace
we glow with gratitude,,
It’s really all that we can do.
Undeserving and unbelieving…
How can we think our next breath
It begs us to remember that all is given
Such a gift to hear a voice,
who speaks in tongues
that make me dream

and reminds me,
that grace is always gifted
especially when it’s
not anticipated, not expected.
not justified, not merited.

Karima Hoisan
January 12, 2022
Costa Rica

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25 Responses to Listening

  1. daleinnis says:

    A lovely description of the power of voice, and contact, and the importance of gratitude. “All is freely given”: so true.

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  2. How can we think our next breath

    Yes. Exactly.


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  3. KK says:

    A beautiful poem with stunning verses like
    Your silences have tears…and
    grace is always gifted… underlining the importance of voice, a powerful medium of communication. Loved the flow and depth of the poem 👍💖🙏

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    • Thank you once again Kaushal, for relating and vibrating to my poetry. This poem came as a surprise to me..I had no idea I was thinking to write a poem yesterday…I love when the muse gets the idea first*smiles and whispers in my ear. This one was like that. Always appreciate your comments and your point of view.🙏🌹❤️

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      • KK says:

        Always welcome, Karima! It always happens with me. Think something, but comes out something else. I had depicted this dilemma in one of my poems. The idea flashes in mind, and if you don’t capture, it vanishes in seconds.😊🤗💐

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  4. luaydpk says:

    I like this poem very beautiful about listening, heart or natur… thanks

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  5. A lovely piece of writing. Well done.

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  6. Americaoncoffee says:

    A beautiful substantiation!

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  7. Jeff Flesch says:

    “Such a gift to hear a voice,
    who speaks in tongues
    that make me dream
    and reminds me,
    that grace is always gifted
    especially when it’s
    not anticipated, not expected.
    not justified, not merited.” Magnificent poet, are you. A delightful end to my day. You are a blessing to us all, dear Karima. I love this piece. ❤️🌹🤗

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    • Ohh Jeff Oh Wow!You might be the very first person to ever say that to me:”Magnificent poet, are you” It really made me burst into happiness…a bit giddy maybe..but this comment means the world to me..that you think this…especially because you know how much I respect and love reading you as one of my very favorite poets here. Thank you dear poet , dear friend for sending me to the moon with your words:):) ❤️🤗🌟

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      • Jeff Flesch says:

        Aww, I’m so happy this is so, Karima. You’ve always been and will forever remain one of my favorite poets. I’ve called you magic before, and you are. I love your poetry. You’re most welcome, my dear friend. It’s a blessing to be here, and to be your friend. Always. ❤️🤗✨💫

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  8. It is you, Jeff, who bless me with yours..Once again, so thankful we connected awhile back and watched each other grow and encouraged each other too.. This to me is so much more important than Likes and total views..This is the real wonder of a platform like this.. I am ever grateful to it, for introducing your beautiful mind to me:) ❤️🤗🌹🦋


  9. Navin says:

    Right from the first line, you caught my full attention, Karima…I took a short pause after reading the first verse…coz I was captivated & mesmerized…then I continued to read till the very last line…I had to take a long pause to let the words do their magic…imagine when you spray the perfume & then walk through the micro droplets…you’re covered in the scent…the beautiful fragrance…this magical poem did the same to me…the micro droplets were your words…every single of them…the difference is that they just didn’t cover my body form…but they also touched my formless form…the soul…the very essence…every single line casts a beautiful imagery…and the combined effect is indescribable…one has to be in it…sense it…I thank you for creating such a magnificent poem…you’re simply amazing 💫🙏✨💟

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    • Hello Navin, how exciting to see your comment today… oh my and it wasn’t just a comment, it was an exquisitely painted scene, with the smells of the most exotic perfume wafting in the air and the soul or soul body passing through it, absorbing into its very essence the humble words of my poem. Wow!! You have the most amazing gift for leaving comments that not only encourage and inspire but take the “poor unsuspecting poet” into levels higher and higher..You actually showered in the essence of my bathed in the invisible beauty that your eyes beheld.. because you yourself, gifted poet, create beauty wherever you go and see it, in what you read, and this is your magic, your special effect that you have on us.. on me..Your super power to bathe in my poetry and see it from the inside out..I am humbled and enchanted by your beautiful review.


  10. jonicaggiano says:

    Dear Karima what a lovely poem. A vivid reminder of our senses which so many of us are blessed with, (sight, hearing, touching, feeling and smell) but some are not. A beautiful piece about appreciation for the gifts we are given. I love the way you address how those that lose a sense can find other ways to reach out and find the love and beauty of the world and other people as well.

    Grace, so thankful for the grace God has given to me. That gift so wondrously written about in your piece. Sending you much love and many hugs Karima, Joni 🤗❤️🦋🥰

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    • Hello dear Joni..Thank you for all your beautiful thoughts on this one.. those that lose a sense do have their remaining sense sharpened…so they say.. but yes our lives, no matter how we have lived them, are gifts.. Like you, this grace in my life has had profound effects on me..I am so thankful for it all… and I now know to never take any of it for granted. I think only living life can teach us that.. Part of maturity is knowing it from the inside out…because you have lived it..have been taught by it:) you don’t expect or believe it will always be there… Hugs my dear wise, spiritual, friend…Much love and admiration for you Joni, Karima ❤️🤗🌹🙏🌷

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      • jonicaggiano says:

        Oh how sweet my friend. I love what you say here because it is so true all of it. I never thought I would live to be very old I was sure I would die young. Probably because my parents were gone before I was thirty. My childhood was nuts and trust me I have learned a lot about life. I was an old soul at 17. You are a blessing out there my friend. You are so talented and aware and full of love. Hugs to you too my friend. Thank you for your kind words. I too have great admiration for you. Much love to you dear Karima. ❤️🤗🦋🥰

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  11. And all my love back to you Joni…hugs you tightly and whispers that I’m so glad you are still here…You teach and inspire and you know about love…mashallah (may you never change❤️ )


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