Going Deaf (Written October 29)

Going Deaf


He put his fingers to his forehead

Like someone lost in thought,

Or like someone who will soon


Have to talk in front of a large crowd.

The person next to him tapped his spoon

Against a glass, but he didn’t hear.


When the others stood up, he stood up.

One by one they left the room, to loud cheers.

He followed, but stayed far behind.


He did not know what was happening.

He needed a moment alone, to find

His bearings, but he felt dragged along


With the others. He smiled in answer

To a question. Somewhere a gong

Sounded. It was almost painful.


When he tried to speak, his voice broke,

As if he had something shameful

To hide, and now he’d been caught.

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