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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. He is signing “RING.”
Purpose: I created this poem to emphasize the cinematic effects of ASL and to explore real love.
Keywords: diamond, mining, pearl, swimming, beggar, real love, bridge, star, sun
Synopsis: The speaker proposes to the beloved with a diamond ring, flashbacking to when the diamond was first mined. Rebuffed, the speaker proposes again with a pearl, flashbacking to when the ship first sailed for the pearl. Rejected again, the speaker decides to give his/her all and fulfills every beggar’s wish, picks trash, and helps people by opening doors and carrying bags. The speaker meets a hearing stranger who types on his/her phone asking for directions to the land where all are friends. But because Google Maps, Apple Maps, and Waze do not know where, the speaker journeys with the stranger in building a bridge made of helping and serving others, which ultimately connects to the land where all are friends. Then, the speaker says that land is real love, which is the ASL sign for a special plane where everyone boards and flies, dissolving the usual romance as a sun dissolves the stars. In the end, the speaker proclaims that it is a love that you will accept.
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