LOSING SOUND

We who hear poorly
often pretend that we grasp a word
or comprehend a sentence
when we don’t.

Hearing words
and knowing what they mean
requires not oppnly linguistic knowlege
but an ability to discern —
an ability that some of us are losing.

We often feel excluded
by our unseen impairment
even though those surrounding us
are unaware of our discomfort.

Electronics has enabled us
to increase our ability to hear
but sound’s clarity
often remains a blurr.

Sometimes I feel
that this particular impairment
impedes the making of new friends.

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