Poem About a Deaf Woman by Dave Nielsen

Imagine the lid of the piano
slammed shut,
or a glass chucked
against the wall—

Imagine all
that the animal hears—
dog, bear.
Think of the sound

of the road
from the pasture’s
far corner—
or of a lover’s breathing,

beside you in the dark.
And don’t forget
in the elevator,

the talk that isn’t yours.
No music to comfort,
yet no wind;
look out the window and see:

so many trees
like people
dancing to their headphones.
She can’t hear

the pipes ticking
or the rain,
yet each moment is pounding,
wave after wave

softer than a tiptoe.

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