Deaf NOT Daft

Dappled conversations

Confusing to the ear

Brightly tinkling chatter

Dull, no longer clear


Silent slippery sentences

Lips lend a visual clue

Shattered to staccato

Once they’re not in view


Sorry, I didn’t catch that

Say it once more, please

I’m deaf not daft, truly

Some words just like Swiss cheese


Mark the crashing silence

That fills the pregnant pause

Once unkind words are spoken

Unjustified by cause


Might that said be unsaid

With laughter in its place

If time were more forgiving

Regretting not the case


A sage would counsel caution

Just sorry words to use

Least said, soonest mended;

A worthy phrase to muse