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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Hear (07/08/10)

TITLE: Hear Me
By Francy Judge
07/14/10


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I speak
In my mind
Clap my hands and twirl
Faster when the rain
Patters on the roof
Hear my heart
Beat faster

Mama speaks
She doesn’t know
I know what she says
And hopes
She whispers prayers
I hear

Papa speaks
His words cover
Buried disappointment
Shame and regret
He doesn’t know
I can hear
His heart

I speak
My mouth opens
To grunt and babble
I want to shout
I love you
Mama hugs me
She hears

Jesse speaks
Born ten years after me
Her mouth forms words
Beautiful words
Even two year old “no’s”
Are beautiful
To Mama

Strangers stare
Is something wrong with him
They don’t understand
My wall
Maybe autistic
They say

I listen
Hear the trill of humming birds
Hear the willow branch tap
My window pane
I can hum
And tap too

I pray
Clap my hands and twirl
Praising my Lord
I can’t sing but
I can hum
And tap too

God hears
He understands my sounds
He knows why
The humming bird hums
He know why
My thoughts are trapped
He knows why
I clap and twirl

I hear Him
In my heartbeat


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Joan Campbell07/16/10
This is so very beautiful. You allow us a rare glimpse into this boy's silent world & unspoken emotions. I love the way you show that he understands others (better than they understand him) and that he has a special relationship with God.

My daughter is mildly autistic, and sometimes I struggle to understand her. Your poem touches me because it reminds me that God created and understands her perfectly! Thank you.
Verna Cole Mitchell 07/16/10
Lovely poem--so rich in meaning. What a story it tells.
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 07/22/10
Congratulations for placing in the top 15 of your level and for the Editor's Choice.
sethabela l JACOB09/12/11
great poem great stories great visions god bless you are gifted