Finally Afloat (ASL Poem)

Watch in high definition. Captions not provided. See below for rough gloss. The poem is a 1-2-3 number poem for a creative writing class.

Image description: Eric Epstein, a white young man with shaved hair and a beard, is wearing a gray t-shirt and khaki pants. The background is blue. He is signing “IMMERSE.”

Gloss: PONDER DEEP SWIM WALK YOU I TALK DEEP TOPIC HEAR HEARING DISCUSS I YOU SIGN VOCABULARY LOUSY YOU NO LOOK DRAGONFLY BUG YOU LOOK COPY CAN’T I FLY PERSPECTIVE WINGS LOOK-UP CHAMP SINCE I SWIM FLOAT SHIP UNDERSTAND SIGN UPLOAD FILM.

Description: In the poem, one character plunges in deep thought and discussions on profound topics that are based on what he hears from hearing people. The character scorns at another character who is walking on the surface/seaside by saying that sign language is incapable of discussing such topics. In response, the character on the surface points out a dragonfly and how sign language can imitate a dragonfly in a film-like fashion. Realizing this, the character in deep thought finally resurfaces and sees a ship, presumably to be saved. The character decides to film the importance of sign language.

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