Everybody Has a Story

'10 Tahoe

An observation, an opinion, an idea,

a story—everybody has one.

. . . But not every voice is heard.

Not every voice can

b  -r  -e-  a-  k—–

through the drone of drilling words—

to cut the wake, the constant flow.

Not every voice can

p   e   r  s  i st andresist

to ring through

when talked over, walked over, socked in the heart over

and over again.

Self-centered . . . no, well,


But certainly self-absorbed.

Is your story better than my story?

Is mine better than that   –>other,

that other passing silent, unheard, misunderstood

because of the steady surge of my lexicon, your hex upon

an other’s unsurpassable worth?

Not every voice can

s w e L L L

in a surge of soul

to cut the wake, the constant word wash,

when mauled over, scrawled over, quenched in the spirit over

and over again.

Everybody has a story, but

not every voice is heard.


…………………………..[Is your story being heard?]

About apronheadlilly

wife and mother, musician, composer / poet, teacher, and observer of the world, flawed Christ-follower
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24 Responses to Everybody Has a Story

  1. To me that’s the best thing about blogging, the chance to share a story and then learn that it’s not so unlike so many others!

  2. selah says:


  3. susansplace says:

    The picture at the bottom of your post brings back such great memories of summer days on the beach at Tahoe. I can feel that ice cold water on my toes, and the slippery, sleek rocks under foot!

  4. kzackuslheureux says:

    Pretty Awesome! I rarely reblog, but I’d like to this time so more can make sure to read it.

  5. kzackuslheureux says:

    Reblogged this on Just Words and commented:
    It’s rare that I’m so impressed that I just have to share. However, this is one of those times.

  6. Shez says:

    The lapping waves photo reminds me of all our stories, it is the constant sound of thousands of key strokes tapping stories into the universe. I love you poem and your photos.

  7. What a fantastic poem! How clever the way you used your words to paint an image, sweLLL. I was waving in an out, just like a voice trying to be heard. I’m so impressed.

  8. reinkat says:

    I don’t know what is more beautiful: the photo at the top or your sentence: “Everybody has a story, but not every voice is heard. ”
    A good thing for me to remember, as go to work this afternoon and (literally) face the public. Thanks for a beautiful, meaningful reminder!

  9. i am hearing your story – amidst the hundred voices, the thousand different noises. i do because the pleasant, kind words here bid me to come, listen. 🙂 🙂

  10. Reblogged this on A p r o n h e a d — Lilly and commented:

    … recycle

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