The Quiet Life

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THE QUIET LIFE IS A POEM THAT I WROTE AFTER HELPING MY DAD AT THE SCHOOL THAT HE TEACHES AT. HE'S A TEACHER OF THE DEAF... IT'S AN INSIGHT INTO WHAT LIVING LIFE AS A DEAF PERSON MAY BE LIKE.

The Quiet Life

By Midas, the absence of sound is touched

It's said, but never by those without choice.

To never hear a voice from flesh and blood,

In trepidation or delight converse,

must truly be a curse, misunderstood.

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From cradle to grave, not a single tune

from nature to save as a memory.

Cruel waves will never crash upon their shores,

nor hands like hammers knock upon their doors.

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They're never to hear playful canines bark

In the park on a sunny afternoon.

Or the soft pitter patter of rainfall.

or engines revving in the traffic's boom.

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Never to hear awakening songbirds sing,

but only to spy the feathered ones fly.

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Never to hear musical beats galore,

but only to feel from the floorboards up.

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Never to hear smoky back bacon fry,

but only to smell as the rashers spit.

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Never to hear the crunch of an apple,

but only to taste the forbidden fruit.

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Forever encaged in a soundproof booth,

In which fingers and thumbs replace voices.

Eternal charades - A silent exchange,

so the future, for now, is in their hands.


Submitted: April 14, 2010

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Bugsy

I think that Ben hardstaff is going to be a talent that is going to be around for a very long time. Fantastic poetry keep up the good work.

Wed, April 21st, 2010 7:02am

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Thankyou, this was one of the most difficult poems i've ever written. It's difficult putting yourself in someone elses shoes, and to imagine what it's like without one of the senses that we take for granted is not easy but i've hopefully done ok

Wed, June 20th, 2012 8:12am

thumblina Aka vandana

iam so addicted to your work rite nw.....


love them.....

wish i could write soooooo well

Sat, December 15th, 2012 9:06am

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THAT'S A LOVELY COMPLIMENT, THANKYOU. JUST KEEP WRITING AND EXPERIMENT WITH STRUCTURE AND SUBJECT MATTER AND YOU'LL DEVELOP AS A WRITER. STRUCTURE ISN'T ALWAYS IMPORTANT BUT IT CAN HELP YOUR POETRY FLOW BETTER.

Sat, December 15th, 2012 6:28am

Demarris93

that was amazing.. it was excellent...

Tue, December 18th, 2012 4:36am

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THANKYOU. I FOUND IT VERY DIFFICULT TO WRITE AT FIRST BUT THEN IT JUST CAME TOGETHER AND I WAS VERY PLEASED. IT'S WRITTEN IN DECASYLLABIC VERSE (TEN SYLLABLES PER LINE) WHICH PROVED QUITE TRICKY AT TIMES, BUT I GOT THERE. TO WRITE ABOUT SOMETHING WHICH YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND IS VERY DIFFICULT (IF IT'S TO BE EFFECTIVE) BUT I BELIEVE I DID OK. THANKS FOR THE KIND COMMENT.

Mon, December 17th, 2012 10:48pm

bobthebuilder

Interesting rhyming scheme. The whole thing is very well done.

Wed, January 2nd, 2013 1:05am

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Thankyou, it was my first piece of decasyllabic verse, quite a tricky piece at first but with a bit of jiggery-pokery it seemed to come together well.

Wed, January 2nd, 2013 12:05am

Shane P

Wow this is brilliant, again i'm downloading info from reading your work, fantastic mate

Fri, February 8th, 2013 9:18am

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Thanks Shane, you see what i mean about internal rhyme?

Fri, February 8th, 2013 1:20am

Shane P

Yes mate its subtle and very clever, i like that idea, i'll have to try it

Fri, February 8th, 2013 9:37am

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Great.

Fri, February 8th, 2013 1:39am

Desilu

This is well written and it really made me think of the ramifications of being deaf.
I have never given it much thought before.
This poem has moved me,I wasn't expecting that.
Good writing.
Dee.

Thu, April 25th, 2013 7:13pm

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Thankyou. It was a difficult subject to write about. My dad worked with deaf kids for many years so i was lucky to be able to have a little insight on a personal level after forming a friendship with one of his deaf students.

Fri, May 3rd, 2013 8:27am

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