Michael Shepherd

Rookie (8.4.1929 / Marton, Lancashire)

! On His Deafness - Poem by Michael Shepherd

'Speak up - no need to shout -I'm not THAT deaf! '
- do I have real reason to complain,
if years of partial listening have brought
now partial hearing in their fateful train?

O Milton - isn't it curious: the blind
evoke our instant feelings of compassion -
while deafness calls some idiot state to mind,
evoking, far from pity - irritation?

Those saintly mystics would just praise their God
that He, to speed their simple saintliness,
brings outer deafness so that inner Word
in cloistered silence, bring a greater bliss...

So may I bear affliction in good part
and hope to hear the louder in the heart.


Comments about ! On His Deafness by Michael Shepherd

  • (4/25/2006 1:09:00 PM)


    A good meditation on an affliction. I had 20% hearing in my left ear for over a year - and then it shot back up in one strange moment almost to to 85%.

    It is irritating and humiliating - sometimes you just want to be off along so you; lre not saying WHAT all the time.
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  • (1/21/2005 4:10:00 PM)


    ..............with your further modification, the message gains added resonance: -) (Report) Reply

  • (1/21/2005 4:03:00 PM)


    Woo, a warning for us all: -) (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 21, 2005

Poem Edited: Friday, October 5, 2007


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