“HALF THE SOUND” (A Poem About A Perforated Eardrum)

Half the sound is faintly barricaded
as I turn to the left
The other half is still safe
as I turn to the right
I fear of slowly losing the ability
to enjoy music and voices
slowly consumed by this agony
This is not one of my choices
I need to hear that faintly missing half again,
despite the phantom plug that’s causing me pain.
(Jakarta, 8/9/2017 – 7:30 am – I wrote this before I finally got my ears checked and treated.)

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