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The Monday Poem > Those Things on the Side of Our Head - Gael Hannan (Monday 2nd July)

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Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 12380 comments Mod
They’re funny looking, those things on the side of our head.
Whether standing at attention, right-angled to skulls
Or lying flat on their backs, like a terrified cat
These cartilaginous slabs are strangely designed
As if created, in an afterthought, from leftover body bits.

“Hmm, the side of the head is a boring stretch of nothing,” thought the god in charge of making human beings.

“It needs a hole.”

“And then we’ll take that eleventh toe, the second chin and some of that extra elbow skin
And shape and mold it around the hole
So the sound can go in there, rather than through the nose, like we planned.”

And so it was that the PINNA – or a pair of PINNAE (pin-ee) – were formed!

As gatekeepers –

To collect and transform sound waves in their magician’s hat,

To be pulled out the other end, as meaningful words and sounds.

As a blank canvas –

For decorative jewels and piercing bits of metal

And a holder for the hooks of eyeglasses



But what about those of us who have hearing loss?

Our hard-working pinnae remain the sound collectors,
Not at fault if the waves become warped, somewhere along the hearing path.

But they must now accept the help of hearing aids or cochlear implants –
New jewelry that gives those things on the side of our head a new beauty –

Something you don’t quite expect from surplus toe-and-elbow bits.


message 2: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 12380 comments Mod
I was going to share a poem about the sun but let's face it, and I'm sick of the heat so I thought it would be nice to share something people don't know about me through a poem.


message 3: by Joan (new)

Joan HAHAHAHA!

Love it and I love the poet’s idea of imagining the thoughts of the Creator.
A thin slip of an idea she shaped into a poem so she could share it.


message 4: by Alannah (new)

Alannah Clarke (alannahclarke) | 12380 comments Mod
Joan wrote: "HAHAHAHA!

Love it and I love the poet’s idea of imagining the thoughts of the Creator.
A thin slip of an idea she shaped into a poem so she could share it."


That's what i love about it too because that is normally the way my brain works.


message 5: by [deleted user] (new)

This is a great poem. Thanks for sharing, Alannah, particularly as it’s so personal to you. I really like the image of the creator thinking about ears!


message 6: by Greg (new)

Greg | 7689 comments Mod
When you really think of it, ears are really strange things, aren't they? :) Thanks for sharing it!


message 7: by Darrick (new)

Darrick Williams | 34 comments This poem is nice because of its theme, and is nicely written. What I’ve notice most about is the wordplay. Not with metaphors, but by the use or one creative word to the next.

Example: “Hmm, the side of the head is a boring stretch of nothing, ” thought the god in charge of making human beings. By using the word "boring" alone, alleviates a lot of explaining.

Also, I thought the verse: “And then we’ll take that eleventh toe, the second chin and some of that extra elbow skin And shape and mold it around the hole." was great because of the verse imagery. For me, It's the verse that grabs you and holds you through the rest of the poem.

I thought the poem was informative, creative, and somewhat humors.
Thanks for posting, Alannah


message 8: by Diane S ☔ (new)

Diane S ☔ I had an aunt, actually my favorite aunt as I was growing up, who thought ears, knees and elbows were the ugliest part of the human body. Loved this poem, Alannah.


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