ears

My memories of the party are visual:
photos, faces, continuous white noise video
smiling eyes, gesturing fingers, hands,
nose-to-nose discussions, sipping ideas
in the dim bar, children in a booth
friends, relatives, companions gathered
to celebrate life—it plays like a silent movie
with an underwater sound-track as words
blur into eachotherlikeporridgeheating

I hear everything blending into nothing
viewed through a glass that makes me
spectator viewing a newborn from a hall:
so much potential, so little comprehension;
joy seen, not heard; convictions shaken,
not stirred; unheard song of an unseen bird.

But after, in the retelling, I hear all
in the clarion purity of accoustic halls;
trumpets state the obvious: simple, true;
and I listen eagerly to the party part two.

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wordcurrents/ Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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