I knew something of conversation, or so I thought/until I listened to another
This first line speaks of the difference. I believe that in the first part of the clause, Drane was referring to hearing, the thing we all do in normal day-to-day conversations. He’s saying that he thought his understanding of a conversation, as the simple exchange of speaking and listening to be accurate until he one day took the time to really listen to another…
Knew something of the talk/ the sounds the chatter
But to listen and to speak when moments call/that is far greater.
This one conversation seemed to open his eyes, opened his mind and caused him to realize that although he may have had the talking aspect of conversation down-packed there is a greater response when someone is speaking and that is to just simply listen and to only speak when the moment calls for it.
Of conversations past/ I no longer can remember
Since the day I silent kept/ and listened to another
There opened up a life/ which had 'til then been merely shadow
It seems as if he had an epiphany of some sort during this one conversation, a life-changing moment where he gained invaluable wisdom and a brand new outlook on life in general. He couldn’t remember any past conversations but was so affected by this one that he was even inspired to write a lovely poem about it.
At first the life it seemed another's/ but when I was caught and by the mirror/ The face had changed, it told me of another. Since the day I silent kept- and listened to another
What he learned that...