#43 (“I need to learn to list’ e’er more. . .”)

 

                         I need to learn to list’ e’er more to Paul.

                         I speak too soon when he doth speak to me.

                         Reflection is the need—just stop!—‘tis all.

                         When stop I do before I speak, I see!

                         What mean I by “to see”?  ‘Tis easy do,

                         If stop I do, for Paul, my love for life.

                         I know him well—when want to speak, no rue.

                         If fast I speak, my thoughts with naught are rife.

                         So, my dear God, do help me see the way;

                         To stop I see, to rush unheed’ I be.

                         My Sweet’ needs words of truth indeed. To say,

                        “I know,” first stop I must—sure’ this the key!

                                    My love, I try to think ‘fore speech for sure.

                                    If naught I know, silence indeed be cure!

11/29/2003

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