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Are You Listening?

Amber Koneval, 21

I shouted into the darkness
to see if anyone would care.
The silence was suffocating.

I shouted again—
dark, angry words that boiled up,
threatening to blot out the stars.

I shouted until my throat bled,
scratching at the sound, until
I could do nothing but kneel and pant and wait.

Then God, who sees into the darkness,
enveloped me, like a child,
and asked, “Are you ready to listen now?”

—from devozine (March/April 2014). Copyright © 2014 by The Upper Room®. All rights reserved.

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