Neville

Some Sounds Easily Missed

Some Sounds Easily Missed

 

In the beginning

When only sacred words

Were ever spoken

Each syllable was clearly

Broken

Then torn from the throat

With a cough and a cuss ..

While

The young uns of course

Without barely a fuss

Would all listen intently

From what they each

Thought

A safe distance …

Oh’ boy did they marvel

And gawp

At the sound his cupped

Hand

Occasionally made,

Like a shell

Juxtaposed a’gen waves

Like an unborn lamb, or a bud

Or a leaf

Gasping and gagging and

Scratching for air …

Aye, but since we are now

Both fully growed up

Can you imagine the sound

Of sheer joy

A wild salmon might make

Breaking free

From the constraints

Of a weir …

Then for a moment, no more

The rest is but a tumble

Of noise

Barely more than

An utterance, yet coupled  

Against

A few muffled occasional sighs …

 

Comments8

  • orchidee

    A fine write Neville.

    • Neville



      ................................... Thank you kindly Orchidee

    • SureshG

      Your sound of muffled words, bring back to memory the past into present
      Thank you

      • Neville



        ...................... How very kind, thank you my friend ..

      • FredPeyer

        Your incredible poem made me grateful not to be deaf.

        • Neville



          ........... then there is no need for me to shout my thanks .. I shall merely whisper them politely .. cheers Fred ................ Neville

        • Goldfinch60

          Those sounds are so important in our lives. In saying that though silence is also important.

          Andy

          • Neville



            ......................... absolutely .. and all that jazz thank you kind sir .......... Neville

          • Doggerel Dave

            Neville, If I haven't got anything to put here, you do know it doesn't mean I don't like it - It just means I haven't got anything to put?
            I do think I missed one...

            • Neville



              .. it happens to the best of us ... please accept my profound apology, I never meant it to end this way................................................................... 🙂

            • Jerry Reynolds

              Well written, Neville. Good read, inspiring images.

              • Neville



                ... Thank you Jerry .. Much appreciated sir .. and always welcome to visit ..... Neville

              • MendedFences27

                Some believe that our voice communications is what separates us from the animals, especially when used to make music. If all the animals could speak the world would be deafening. You run from the early years of Man to today and along the way not much has changed. The loudest voice gets heard first. The quiet and meek are nearly voiceless, but perhaps enjoying more of the "muffled sighs." This is a keeper. Thanks for that. - Phil A

                • Neville



                  I hear you loud and clear Phil .. I am also truly honoured by your comment above ...Much appreciated and ever welcome .......... Neville

                • Fay Slimm.

                  Dont know how I missed this piece of sound wisdom - - - the cupped hand had memories flooding back and though me is now fully grown how I would settle for that listening time all over again........... x

                  • Neville



                    You n me both Fay ... Many humungous thank you's are now winging their way even more westwardly from West Somerset .................. x



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