A Deaf Man

by Mark Waldrop

Billy had crystal blue eyes

A small mouth

And long hair to cover up his

Hearing aids.


He told me once, with his hands

How he liked to submerge

His head in water and yell


So loud he could feel it.

"I can hear myself that way," he signed.


"What does it sound like?"


He smiled and whispered with his lips,

"A Deaf man."