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featured poet – Merryn Williams


Merryn Williams

Song of the Deaf Child

When suddenly the sounds came back
I clapped my hands with fear.
The ocean in the middle ear
had ebbed, my labyrinth was clear.
I heard the glaciers crack.
 
The bones that formed a solid core
now let the airwaves through.
There came a rush of sounds I knew,
the clock, the tune called Doctor Who,
across the corridor.
 
The evening of that awesome day
I heard them, all they said.
The trumpets shrieked inside my head;
I left the boy in the next bed,
leapt up, and ran away.
 

Merryn Williams

second prize in Kent and Sussex poetry competition 2007 (judge George Szirtes)
and published in the competition anthology.