Speak Up! ~ haibun

Speak Up!

What’s that you say? Your lips keep flappin’, but nothing’s coming out. You’ll have to speak up if you want me to hear you. I didn’t come all this way to talk to myself! And don’t tell me to not to get all excited! I don’t know what all the buzz is about, and I sure don’t know if any of what you say rings true. In fact, I couldn’t say, one way or another, if you’re saying anything at all!

listening to tones
difficulty discerning
failing hearing test
ringing ears a detriment
higher pitches go unheard

The tanka I wrote earlier today is now a haibun, hopefully to meet the prompt for NaPoWriMo.net Day 15, which is to write a poem with a dramatic dialogue, with a specific voice or character.

Image source: Wikimedia Commons (cropped here)

15 thoughts on “Speak Up! ~ haibun

  1. The prose part sounds like quite a “character.”
    A friend of mine has lost a lot of hearing. (She wears hearing aids.) She didn’t hear the phone when I called the other day, and she didn’t hear the tornado alarm this morning either.

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    • Thank you.
      My hearing loss is not extreme, but I found I could no longer make assumptions on what a missed word might be. That can lead to trouble. So, I finally started asking people to repeat. It can be annoying when someone repeats with exaggerated enunciation, when it’s a simple matter of attentiveness (or being aware that someone is about to speak) on my part. It’s not that I didn’t understand it. I just didn’t hear all of it. I annoyed a clerk one time, when after repeating something twice I told her I wouldn’t have to ask her again if she were to look at me rather than looking down at the counter as she spoke (every time). Yeah, I’m getting to be an old fart.

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      • I’m laughing because I’m doing the same thing. I lost some hearing as a result of long term antibiotic use for my hand infection several years ago, and the tinnitus came with it. Took some time to get used to it but I don’t think about it now very much. I do fine one on one but not so great in groups and I also have noticed I do a lot better when the person looks at me!

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