Poem: Martyn Brown’s ‘Moving Pictures’

Posted on March 22, 2013



One face at a time

Keep the subject well lit

No shadow or obstacle

To mar a clear headshot

The challenge can now begin

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The context is all

Peripheral vision

Adding gesture and meaning

Drawing the eyes inside

To highlight the vocal point

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Naked or pierced

Painted pillar box red

Perpetual motion lips

Throwing shapes at random

To lead me a merry dance

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Catch the words at birth

Decode any pattern

Of dialect and accent

All in a split second

While sizing up the next wave

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One butter finger

And I am in the dark

My line is disconnected

Or re-routed onto

A different train of thought

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Survival instinct

Eat and not be eaten

Hunger for information

The skill to feed off scraps

Yet feast at the same table

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A silent talkie

Or foreign language film

Moving pictures brought to life

Each one tells a story

Of hope that I can belong

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Martyn Brown is a deaf grandad in a hearing family. He regularly regularly speaks for NDCS and (from 2017) Hearing Dogs for the Deaf. He relies on digital aids, lip reading and is a black belt in the Deaf Nod.

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