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The Deaf Couple
C. F. Kelly


Like fall leaves fluttering
in wind-tossed patterns,
their fingers flew fast,
eyes focused sharply
on total communication.

With kaleidoscope faces changing
from brooding brow to eager eye
from furrowed frown to grotesque grimace,
from tightened tooth to soothing smile,
together, they communicated.

Their hands were birds in flight:
humming birds, helicopter-hovering,
white, swift-flight carrier pigeons,
mountain blue birds building nests,
red-tailed hawks, soaring and diving,
graceful geese in victory formation,
always carefully communicating
with each other.

And I watched in fascination
with little understanding of their silent world
and only a glimpse of its beauty.

by C. F. Kelly.
Used here with the author’s permission.


Cornelius Farrell Kelly wrote his first poem at age 12 when he fell in love with the girl across the street and put his work in her mailbox. She showed it to all of the neighbors, and Cornelius became the poet laureate of his block. Influenced early on by the poetry of Edgar Guest, Cornelius is the author of eight chapbooks, is involved with several poetry organizations, and publishes regularly. He is also a competitive swimmer. Cornelius lives in Pinedale, Wyoming.



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Going back to read past poems - this one is remarkable. So beautiful. I shall not overlook it again. Thank you for such understanding of such a problem.
Posted 01/24/2016 05:33 AM
This reminds me of the deaf couple we met on a dive boat years ago. We had to stop talking once we got underwater but their hands never stopped. We were a little jealous. Thanks.
Posted 09/23/2015 11:23 AM
Great first work on this site, Cork. Love it.
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Posted 09/22/2015 10:02 PM
i like the line, "white, swift-flight carrier pigeons. Great metaphor.
Posted 09/20/2015 01:28 PM
A very visual poem, with all the beautiful bird images, and (ironically)a poem which gives added pleasure when read out loud.
Posted 09/20/2015 12:13 PM
so good!
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