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The Listener – A Poem

on February 1, 2023

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The Listener

by Dawn Pisturino

As a small child,

I lay in my small bed,

Listening to the mourning doves

Crying softly, “Coo-hoo! Coo-hoo!”

From the woods across the road

In the early morning light.

At night, the owls called to me –

“Who’s there? Who’s there?” –

A comforting lullaby that

Quieted my childish fears

And lulled me fast to sleep.

The thunder spoke to me

When the rain called my name,

Throwing his fierce lightning bolts

Across the black, menacing sky.

And when the storm passed away,

A hungry mosquito berated me,

Demanding a bloody feast.


The world is not a silent place.

Nor a place of peace.


As I grew,

The sounds of life grew louder:

Crashing metal when a truck turned over on the icy road.

My mother screaming,

My father shouting,

Then silence . . . when the unknown driver breathed no more.


Published in Hidden in Childhood: A Poetry Anthology (2023), available on Amazon.com.

Dawn Pisturino

February 1, 2023

Copyright 2023 Dawn Pisturino. All Rights Reserved.

Co-Author, #1 Amazon Bestseller, Hidden in Childhood: A Poetry Anthology (2023)

Co-Author, 2023 Arizona Literary Magazine (2022)

Co-Author, #1 Amazon Bestseller, Wounds I Healed: The Poetry of Strong Women (2022)


59 responses to “The Listener – A Poem

  1. Timothy Price says:


    Liked by 5 people

  2. A great poem Dawn. I was thrilled to publish it 🙏

    Liked by 3 people

  3. sarı says:

    Growing up was probably the worst thing we did to ourselves.

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Wow, what a shocking ending!

    Liked by 2 people

  5. utahan15 says:

    behind those grape vines
    i was safe and fine
    at least in my four year old mind

    Liked by 2 people

  6. kvbclarke says:

    This brought up some early fond memories! Thank you.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. An absolutely fantastic write, Dawn! Brilliant!

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Sobering and beautifully written.

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  9. Meelosmom says:

    A gripping poem! Loved it!

    Liked by 2 people

  10. Nancy says:

    A wonderfully moving poem.

    Liked by 2 people

  11. Oh Dawn, how deep the telltale signs of childhood fears could make our imagination quite vivid and can cause us curl into a fetal position, shivering from what we think things could become. I love your flow of childhood memories and the emotion of sadness that frantically comes from silence. You painted a vivid picture in your contribution to this anthology and you did it so well girlfriend. Proud of you! 🥰💖🤗💕😘

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  12. Frightening. It captures growing up and realising that the world isn’t an innocent, peaceful place really well.

    Liked by 1 person

  13. revruss1220 says:

    Beautiful. Very evocative and rich.

    Liked by 2 people

  14. oh the tender and the terrifying both commanding and capturing. nicely composed❣️ Dawn!

    Liked by 2 people

  15. balladeer says:

    That is a real eye-moistener! Really great!

    Liked by 1 person

  16. Jeff Flesch says:

    Wow! Amazing poem, Dawn!

    Liked by 1 person

  17. a poem, so true to life

    Liked by 1 person

  18. Belladonna says:

    Oh wow! Such a deep poem

    Liked by 1 person

  19. jai says:

    Beautiful and somewhat melancholy…💜

    Liked by 1 person

  20. markbierman says:

    Something magical about those peaceful night sounds. Well written, Dawn.

    Liked by 1 person

  21. Lovely poem, Dawn! I especially liked how the sounds in the poem progressed as the speaker grew older. ❤

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  22. Oh I loved this and I too totally relate to the doves in the morning and the owls at night. It makes me feel that childhood innocence to remember the sounds of my first years. I really feel this poem because this child lived it too…Really enjoyed your memories, Dawn!

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  23. prolificwritersacademy says:

    Lovely! Mind checking out my blog? 😌🙏🏾

    Liked by 1 person

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