Below are poems about deafness written by our reader Sue Parkes, who told us:
I’m 65 years young! I noticed my hearing had started to deteriorate in my late 40’s. I lived with it for a few years but then it started to affect my life.
Standing in queues I’d start hoping that shop assistants didn’t talk to me in case I couldn’t hear them. Making and answering calls made me anxious. I decided I had to do something! The thought of wearing a hearing aid filled me with dread. My friend said to me she had one and it never came out of the cupboard! I honestly thought I’d be the same!
Having my hearing aid has transformed my life! It’s given me back my self-confidence. No more anxiety when shopping or answering the phone. I was a little self-conscious wearing it for a few weeks but now I don’t worry who sees I wear a hearing aid. It’s become part of me!
One day I felt inspired to sit down with a pad and pencil! Having never written a poem before in my life, out came three poems. I can honestly say they wrote themselves. I’d heard song-writers say this before, now I know it’s true! I guess they came straight from the heart!
Read Sue’s poems below:
‘Pardon?’ I say again
A sigh is heard
The sinking feeling
If only they knew
How hard I try
To hear what they say
The lip reading
Sometimes I nod
When I should have shook
Once again I feel
A little patience,
A smile, a look
That says, ‘It’s ok’
Stop me feeling
Why can’t you hear me
I’m talking loud enough
It’s frustrating you know
Having to repeat myself!
Why can’t I hear you
You’re talking loud enough
It’s frustrating you know
Having hearing loss!
I’m nodding my head
A puzzled look
A frown ensues
I’m embarrassed now
That nod of the head
Should have been a shake!
Poems copyright of Sue Parkes
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