Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning, that without listening speaking no longer heals, that without distance closeness cannot cure.

Henri Nouwen

Will you listen

To not just the words I say

Will you listen

To that which I want to say.

Will you listen

and hear the voice that did not speak

Will you listen?

O. Stephen Peart. 2020 © All rights reserved.

About this Poem

Knowing who to talk with, having the confidence that they will listen and knowing you will get the answer to the question is such a reassurance of humanity. Being patient to pay close attention, listening with intent and a desire to understand is the unique trait that can take an individual from a dark place to a safe space. Will you Listen is a recognition of the call for voice and the cry for ears. Will You Listen is part of the Speak Life Series. A production of Released Expressions.


O. Stephen is passionate about words and believes that words can Inspire Change, Connect People, Perspectives and their Stories to create new possibilities. A published author through his company Released Expressions Media. He writes daily to experience the power of the written word. He fosters growth through listening and learning to shape perspectives and bridge ideas.

He believes every individual can attain their full potential by Starting with a Word. O. Stephen is leading a movement to inspire people to Release their own Expressions. It is this vision that drives him daily to see others realize their superpower and deliver at work, home and play every day.

An avid Toastmaster and a member of the Toronto Writer’s Collective (TWC), O. Stephen carries his badge as a Mental Health Advocate. These offer him the motivation to stay grounded and be committed to serving the community. He is a dad to two (2) children. He is driven each day to live a life of gratitude and that’s just how he seeks to end each chapter.

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