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Tamara’a Opus

Tamara has never listened to hip hop.
Never danced to the rhythm of raindrops or fallen asleep to a chorus of chirping crickets. She has been Deaf
for as long as I’ve been alive.
And ever since the day I first turned five my father has said:
“Joshua.
Nothing is wrong with Tamara.
God just makes
some people
different.”

And at that moment
those nine letters felt like hammers
swung gracefully by unholy hands to shatter my stained glass innocence
into shards that can never be pieced back together
or do anything more than sever the ties between my sister and I. I waited,
was patient numberless years anticipating the second her ears would open like lotuses and allow my sunlight senses to seep into her insides
make her remember
all of those conversations we must have had in heaven back when God handpicked us to be sibling souls centuries ago.
I still remember
her 20th birthday.
Readily recall my awe-struck 11 year old eyes as I watched Deaf men and women of all ages dance in unison to the vibration of speakers booming so loud
that I imagined angels chastising us for disturbing their worship with such beautiful blasphemy.
Until you have seen a Deaf girl dance, you know
nothing
of passion.
There was a barricade between us that I never took the time to destroy never even for a moment thought to look up the sign for sister, for family, forgoodbye. I will see you again someday.

remember the face

of your little brother.

It is only now I see
that I was never willing to put in the extra effort to love her properly.
So as the only person in my family who is not fluent in sign language
I’ve decided to take this time to apologize.

Tamara
I am sorry
for my silence.

For true love knows no frequency, and so
I will use these hands to speak volumes that can never be contained within the boundaries of sound waves
I will shout at the top of my fingertips until digits dance and relay these mental messages directly to your soul.

I know
that there is no poem
that can make up for all the time we have lost so
please,
if you can,
just listen.

~Joshua Bennet

 

Evolution

we once were young
innocent
bright eyed children
now we have grown
we used to use typewriters
and now we have computers that can do almost everything
technology has grown
that tree used to be a small seed
but now it has grown
the number of stars on our flag used to be thirteen
but it has grown
everything else might have grown
but please don’t, little brother

~Anonymous
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