Deaf From Birth (Written June 6)

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.

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