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It's Hard To Listen

© more by Elizabeth Steinglass

Published by Family Friend Poems December 2021 with permission of the Author.

It’s hard to listen,
hard to stop thinking
about what I want to say,
hard to stop searching
for a place to break in,
hard to give all my attention,
but when I listen,
really listen,
I hear what you are saying,
I see your point of view—
your words become
a billowing ribbon
connecting me to you.


Elizabeth Steinglass grew up in St. Louis, Missouri. Her book Soccerverse: Poems about Soccer includes 22 poems about all aspects of the game. You can also find her work in many anthologies, such as in A World Full of Poems, edited by Sylvia Vardell, The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations, edited by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, and The Poetry of US, edited by J. Patrick Lewis. She lives in Washington, DC, where she enjoys walking in the woods, writing poetry, and spending time with her family. For more information visit


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