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When You Want to Know by Susan Patterson

Monday, March 23rd 2015 @ 11:52 AM

When You Want to Know - Poem, audio, and discussion by Susan Patterson

 

 

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When You Want to Know

It is not easy to understand

The quiet person.

Their secrets are not out in front

For all to see and hear.

 

To learn what a quiet person knows,

You have to ask and ask again.

Then take them to tea,

And ask again persistently.

 

But once they tell, it all makes sense.

“Oh!”, you say, “I was so dense,

Mrs. Quiet is such a marvel.

She knows so much. And she sees so far.”

 

To be part of society, quiet people

Learn to be loud, to be noisy.

It is not fun, nor is it easy. For them

Being quiet is being genuine, exquisitely.

 

So when you want to know-

Trust a quiet person.

Then just ask. Ask again,

And then be sure to listen.

 

Earlene Grey

02-2004


Author Comments:
 
Thank goodness for the quiet people of the world!  What would we do without them?  Well, we would be pretty tired of listening to everyone talk all the time, for one thing.  What do we do with them?  We get pretty bored at parties.  About half of us in humanity are quiet people.  The quiet people of the world prefer to step back and think before talking.  They don’t mind a pause in the conversation.  They are comfortable being alone, in fact, they need it.  Non-quiet people are absolutely wonderful, some of my best friends are thus.  But, let us give a cheer for those who need to be asked.  Happy tea times.  skp

~ Susan Patterson, EarleneGrey.com

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SUSAN PATTERSONwho on occasion writes under the name of Earlene Grey, is the author of two books of tea poetry, Musings With a Cuppa-The Poetry of Tea and Heart to Heart-Considered Sentiments for Teatime.  She has also published a book of memoirs, Tom and Irma-Chronicles of the 1950’s.  Her latest book, Unnoticed Moments, is a collection of contemporary poetry.  Ms. Patterson posts a weekly poetry blog, The Causerie, and is a weekly guest on an international podcast from England. Her work is humorous, thoughtfully intelligent and compelling. Please visit, www.EarleneGrey.com to schedule appearances and to purchase books.

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