Thoughts of a Deaf Spouse

Thoughts of a Deaf Spouse

Adapted from “Thoughts of a Deaf Child” 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 my spouse more comfortable

For me I have no choice.

I try to communicate 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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