From the Deaf Heart (ASL Poem)

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Image description: A white young man is standing in front of a orangish/whitish wall. He is wearing a white T-shirt, grey-ish pants, and a brown belt.

Purpose: I created this poem to celebrate the ability to create our own music in the life that we choose. I also wanted to illustrate what movement rhyme looks like.

Keywords: heart, drum, spine, ladder, brain, piano, you can do it, wake up

Synopsis: The Deaf heart beats a set of drums in accordance to the echocardiogram, which functions as a music score. After realizing that the score is flat/inactive, the heart climbs up the spine (previously unclimbable due to lightning). Entering the brain, the heart sees a piano and the Deaf brain sleeping on the keys. The heart asks the brain why the piano is not being played despite the active brain waves. The brain despairs that people have said that he/she cannot play the piano in a fashion that matches the ordinary/expected brain waves. The heart then sings an inspirational “You can do it!” song and points out that every note makes a correct sound. The brain is inspired and plays the piano in an eccentric way that wakes up the person; then the heart remembers that the drums must be played as well, and quickly retreats to the chest. The person stands up and declares that he/she is alive thanks to the brain’s and heart’s creative music that allows him/her to spread his/her light through poems in English and sign language.

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