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Deaf Poems

Thoughts of a Deaf Spouse

By January 19, 2021No Comments

“Thoughts of a Deaf Spouse”

Revised from poem by Stephen J. Bellitz

My spouse knew I was deaf
even before meeting me
And since then, many years ago,
Has never signed to me.

I know when I’m around my house
My spouse wants me to voice.
It makes her more comfortable.
For me, I have no choice.

I try to talk my spouse’s way
It’s uncomfortable for me.
My spouse won’t learn to sign.
Ashamed or Apathy?

I never cared much about the sound
of radios and bands.
What hurts me is I’ve never heard
My spouse’s signing hands.

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