Going Deaf


Going Deaf ©


No longer do the sounds reach my ears

No vibrations pulsing with your words

The sweet murmurs have grown quiet

And in their absence is only silence


The lyrics of your voice no longer captivate

The lilt of love now just a faint memory

No talk of the now or the then

And no words shared of the future


All the caring things said hold no resonance

And the feelings left unsaid no reason

The orations of devout and undying love

Now fall blindly on deaf ears, numb to the noise


So many things genuinely said

The love and kindness spoken

Have lived an abbreviated life

Now offering nothing to hold onto


The heartfelt expressions of yesterdays

Do not reverberate in the todays

Your words will always be a whisper

When your actions tend to shout


But in those quietest and lonely times

If I struggle to listen closely enough

The harsh and hateful spoken but once

Echo softly from the scars on my heart


22 Responses to “Going Deaf”
  1. beth says:

    they are always there if you listen oh so carefully, although they do get quieter and quieter over time

  2. Having a good friend who lost her hearing, one ear at a time, in her 40s, I really empathize with your powerful words. Though she has adjusted, she still bemoans the fact that she will never hear the voices of her grandbabies. Thank you for so wonderfully telling her story!

  3. DC Gilbert says:

    Quite eloquent, Brad. And spot on as well.

  4. Luckily if vision remains, the full range of expression in the human face is still available.

  5. petespringerauthor says:

    I loved this one, Brad. While the nows and futures may not happen, we still have our memories of days gone by.

  6. Very well written Brad, lovely images created with precise and perfectly placed words, truly art. All the best!

  7. jonicaggiano says:

    I felt the sadness in this beautifully written piece Brad. It takes a long time to forget harsh words even if said in passion. They do indeed leave their scars. Lovely piece about love lost. Sending a big hug your way. Love Jonikins ❤️🤗

  8. Jim Borden says:

    it’s shame that we might remember the harsh words, but not the kind ones…

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