A second reason for this site is the discovery that many people are using an altered or abbreviated version of Charlie's poem. Often, for instance, the last two lines are omitted and we believe that they are some of the most important in the poem. The original poem can be found on this site.
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This site was created by Charlie's wife Penny due to her fascination with the incredible distances this poem traveled even before the days of the Internet. "Please Hear What I Am Not Saying" was given out to students, family and friends by Charlie when he was a beginnning high school teacher in Chicago in 1966. From there it has reappeared in multiple books, recordings and websites around the world--passed from hand to hand by people touched by its message.
We invite you to email Charlie and add your story of discovery of Please Hear What I'm Not Saying. If you are willing to share your story with others, please sign the guest book on the Stories page. You can email Charlie with the button below.