Tell Me More

A poem

Megan Minutillo
Mar 4 · 2 min read
Photo by Dylan Ferreira on Unsplash

You’re deep in conversation, and the person you’re talking to tells you something that breaks or hurts or disturbs your heart.

You want to fill the space of their pain with something that will make it go away.

You want to bring peace back to the air between you two.
You want them to be happy, and free, and unburdened.

So you shower them with words that make them feel better. You pull them close and hug them and tell them that everything is going to be alright. You put on a smile, and you hold back tears, and you don’t meet them in their pool of grief or sadness or whatever it is that’s ailing them — for you have decided that one of you needs to be an anchor in this situation, and that anchor is you.

But what if you resisted the urge to make it all go away and instead said, tell me more?

Tell me more.

Sometimes, saying “tell me more” is more powerful than saying, “I love you.”

When you say, “tell me more,” you’re giving that person whom you love permission to lay down their cards. There is an intimacy that comes with asking to know more about a story. There is a tenderness that comes with listening to the details of a story weighing on someone’s heart.

Tell me more.

When you say, “tell me more,” you’re letting whoever is on the receiving end of those words know that you see them and want to hear more from them — a glorious reminder of what it means to be loved.

Tell me more.

Imagine if that was what filled the space?

Tell me more about what ails you.
Tell me more about what troubles you.
Tell me more about what keeps you up at night, what you hope for, what dreams you feel like you’re losing, what worries you, what excites you, what you want from today and tomorrow, and the day after that.

Do you have more to say?

Tell me. I want to hear you.

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Megan Minutillo

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I write essays and poetry about life lessons, love, relationships, and self-awareness. More info: meganminutillo.com. Find me on Instagram: @meganminutillo.

Assemblage

A collection of things or people. An object made of pieces fitted together. A work of art made by grouping found or unrelated objects. A publication on Medium.

Megan Minutillo

Written by

I write essays and poetry about life lessons, love, relationships, and self-awareness. More info: meganminutillo.com. Find me on Instagram: @meganminutillo.

Assemblage

A collection of things or people. An object made of pieces fitted together. A work of art made by grouping found or unrelated objects. A publication on Medium.

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