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What did you say

I cannot hear.
Sound has lost its crispness.
Articulated consonants
have merged into blurred murmurings.

The loss was not sudden.
No cataclysmic happening
but rather a gentle deterioration
of a faculty, once taken for granted.

Normal conversation, once a joy,
has become a struggle. 
Repartee, chit chat, a little banter 
is no more.

The quality of sound
once reverberated and filled spaces;
now I have no spaces – just tinnitus,
constantly grinding away.

To be sightless is to be aware,
with other senses sharpened;
but deafness leads to
introspection, loneliness and a deep despair.

The half blind wear their glasses
and look so very wise.
The deaf man, with his hearing aid,

I should know. 


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  1. Date: 4/10/2013 8:55:00 AM
    Charles, Tis a tale of woe I've heard (no pun) so often. So many people just remove themselves from the conversation. How frustrating your plight must be. love, Kathy