The Deaf

April 15, 2014
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Why can't they hear me?

With every look,
With each breath,
With my entire body,
I am screaming.

I yell for them to help,
To save me from self-destruct,
But they do not hear.

I am lost and alone,
Surrounded by the Deaf.
My thoughts reach out to them,
Begging for their attention,
But they cannot hear.
I moan and groan,
Hoping for relief,
But they turn a deaf ear.

I am screaming.

They do not hear.

They choose to be deaf.

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BeilaThis teenager is a 'regular' and has contributed a lot of work, comments and/or forum posts, and has received many votes and high ratings over a long period of time. said...
Feb. 20, 2015 at 3:15 am
What I found really interesting is that from the title, I expected a story about someone with a disability. Instead, you wrote about people who have chosen to have this "disability." I really appreciated the unique perspective. The metaphor, by the way, was emotional and effective.
MalaikaJ replied...
Feb. 20, 2015 at 10:07 am
Thank you! I'm glad you liked it.
Lost_In_Her_Daydream said...
Nov. 13, 2014 at 10:30 am
Woah. This is just, so amazing. I can feel the emotion coming off in waves from the person in the poem. Great work!
MalaikaJ replied...
Nov. 15, 2014 at 8:32 pm
Thanks so much!!!
Anneke said...
Aug. 7, 2014 at 9:15 am
wow. amazing. awesomely incredible
MalaikaJ replied...
Aug. 8, 2014 at 10:37 pm
Thank you!
HudaZavery said...
Jul. 8, 2014 at 12:06 pm
This is a very powerful metaphor, I am surprised this doesnt have more comments! Great work, it really left an impact on me
MalaikaJ replied...
Jul. 10, 2014 at 10:47 pm
Thank you so much! It means a lot to me when people comment on my work.
WOWriting said...
May 30, 2014 at 11:45 am
This is powerful and meaningful. You speak of those people who honestly don't care in such a passionate wayand I love it. OK, I'm being picky but it's 'self destruction', not 'self-destruct'. Also, I don't know whether you did it purposefully or not, but I think even if you're talking about people as the deaf, it shouldn't have a capital letter. However, if you're categorising them as a group, then that's fine :) love ... (more »)
MalaikaJ replied...
May 31, 2014 at 12:00 pm
Thanks, I will switch it to self-destruction. I meant to capitalize the Deaf, though. Thank you for the help!
WinterRose1976 This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. said...
May 27, 2014 at 4:11 pm
Wow, this is a really powerful piece! 5/5
HadassahJ said...
Apr. 20, 2014 at 12:17 am
this gave me chills!!!  
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