Dazzling Silence

bless the deaf

who need to hear

the echo of a world

 

through others’ signs

remembering reverberations

of snapped consonants

 

substituting thumbs and fingers

for eardrums, vibration

for the ring of mobile phones

 

for them the foaming mist

of waterfalls abandon roars

to flying birds

 

and herds of elephants

rush by on silent

dust cloud feet

 

bless the deaf remembering

somewhere inside

how each instrument describes

 

itself upon the page

until turned around to see

the audience explode

 

into a sea of

gloves and faces

waving programs

 

but most of all

bless those born

innocent of sound

 

what poetry of eyes

and fingertips, they write

in seagulls throats

 

what unborn melodies

they taste

between the stars

 

ears for them

are soundless planets

revolving around a brilliant sun

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2007

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