Deaf From Birth
Think for a moment of the child
Deaf from birth, unable to hear
Words, or music, or bird songs.
When the wind is in the trees,
How does she know? She longs
To be part of things, but feels
Forgotten. When the ocean
Caresses the beach, when seals
Bark to her from close to shore,
She stares straight ahead, unaware.
To be deaf in one ear is more
Than an annoyance, as we know,
But to be deaf in both ears,
To hear nothing ever but noise,
Is a blow of a different order,
A universe unto itself.
Why would anyone persist,
And yet she does, without fear.