Silenced Ears

 In 2012 I lost the hearing in my left ear.  I woke up that morning in September and couldn’t hear from that side.  I’m a listener more than a talker, and it has been a continual adjustment and a real loss.  Vertigo accompanied the loss during the first couple of months as my brain made the adjustment to a different stability and  I would find myself holding on to furniture and walls as I moved from room to room. Voices and noises bounce around rooms, making crowded places disorienting. So now, when I listen, I must look at people and watch them speak, giving them my complete attention.

The world spins while I am deaf
Silenced by the inner ear,
To learn to listen with the heart.

Am I also blind?
Or is this focused learning
balanced by an unseen hand?

To discern an unseen mask
hidden in the spoken word,
unheard meaning deep inside the words.

About Mary Herbert

I am a gentle listener, a woman of few words. My journey through life has been a spiritual one, as well as a physical one. My daughter, Katie, and I thought it would be interesting to combine some of our giftings/talents in a blog and see what happens. Let us know what you think!

8 thoughts on “Silenced Ears

  1. I am so sorry to hear about your loss of hearing in your left ear. Your poem is beautifully reflective and heartfelt in its contemplation of meaning.


    1. I am gifted continually by the content of your soul and now in written words to add more measure and visual pleasure!


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