Monday, September 2, 2013

My ear

my ear
crackling and aching—
the weight
of all those words
I didn't need to hear

—Ribbons, Winter 2012, Vol. 8, Issue 3

For those in the U.S., Happy Labor Day (though this poem, of course, has nothing to do with Labor Day)!

14 comments:

  1. Love this! So-o-o funny and so-o-o true! Words do weigh. Especially, when you don't need to hear them.

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  2. This is a great poem. Love the "twist" of that last line.

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  3. why, thank you, wendy and drew (nice to meet you).

    I was having ongoing fits with my ear at the time (am starting to again) - so I thought I might as well write a tanka about it!

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  4. Love the way this poem takes an ordinary annoyance and elevates it to metaphor, making the reader see (or hear!) things in a new way.

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  5. Ah, this is one of those very good things that come in a small package. Also, thank you for visiting my blog, Writing in the Bachs. You asked about the painting that went with my poem, and it was done by Jeanie Tomanek. If you google her there are many examples of her delightful work, all with that same 'feel' to them.

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  6. Thanks for stopping by and commenting, Other Mary; I enjoyed my visit to your blog. And thanks for the info about the artist (oops, I see I missed it in your blog post!); I'll plan to google her.

    Don't know how familiar you may be with "tanka".... But it seems that most of us who read and write those "small packages" can't seem to stop!

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  7. How heavy some words are. This is wonderful!

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  8. nice to see you, lisa - and thanks.
    (wasn't expecting this quirkier little tanka of mine to generate comments!)

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  9. thanks for your comments, Adelaide and PL (Jennifer).

    truly, I thought this one wasn't going to go over well and I almost didn't feel like posting it.

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  10. Sometimes inadvertently we have to hear it all

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  11. Yes, we do. Thanks for stopping by, Vandana.

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