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

It Could be Worse

Despite the fuss on the national news

Last week’s earthquake brought hardly a bruise

Barely enough to make walls shake

But ‘quakes elsewhere, leave deaths in their wake


Classed as ‘light’; Richter 4.4

Even more slight than in ’84

When we swept up the kids and ran outside

If the earth moves, there’s nowhere to hide


Now, it seems, we’ve another ‘grave’ threat

The ‘beast from the east’, a new cause to fret

A Siberian blast, bringing snow and ice

At -5C, the Beeb says it won’t be nice


But some can recall the freeze of ’82

When staying outdoors wasn’t good for you

At -26C, that really was cold

It killed by degrees, especially the old.

Watching Not Helping

She’s such a little darling

He is as good as gold

When asked to look at the TV

They do as they are told


Out shopping they’re so helpful

As they run around the store

Bringing things they think I’ll need

Like chocolates, toys and more


Dodging round the trolleys

They’re so nimble on their feet

Trying out the pick and mix

And other things to eat


Selfish people can be grumpy

When standing in their way

And nasty managers even moan

About their precious display


But they don’t see them with their pals

Outside, when I’m not there

They seem to get along just fine

And injuries are rare


At school they are so popular

The teachers know them well

They soon would learn their ABC

If they just sit still for a spell


I do my best to help them

Like shopping for their clothes

I get the best designer shoes

And piercings for their nose


I think that I’m so lucky

Compared to some I know

My kids are independent

And I love to watch them grow.

Forming Opinions

If opinion is divided,

Consensus not in sight.

Head and heart may disagree,

But both cannot be right


Bring to bear one measure;

The final acid test.

Belief may be convincing,

But evidence is best.


Never Being Wrong

Know for certain this one fact

However surely you may act

There is a chance you may be wrong

Perhaps should sing a different song


Know this too, for it is true

Some about, loyal to you

Politely as you ply your view

Consider this as nothing new


The Other Point of View

This world is happening around you
Though logic says that for others this is true
Those others cannot share your senses
The same world but through different lenses

Others may walk on your stage for a time
With bit-parts; though few may be prime
They, like those you pass in your car
Unaware that you are the star

For those you affect with your actions
Fates changed by your common transactions
Never knowing the one point of view
That’s exclusively experienced by you.