HARD OF HEARING. My lord, Assume-Hearing, hear me,
For I want to say something from my heart –
Hear how my story be this point of Deaf,
That is my mind whispers to my honest,
That I feel my identity belongs
The Deaf Community and this is true.
ASSUME-HEARING. Have I not taught ye my language
That I helped thou to understand my world?
See how I live, for I am imperfect.
And I demand thee to speak with thy mouth,
For sign hands belong the monkey, I saith,
That methinks we should not be like a monkey.
HARD OF HEARING. Doth not sayth that, my lord,
For Deaf will not like what thou hath said now,
And doth not misunderstand, my saying –
Hear me again, and listen carefully,
For my story be this point of true Deaf,
That I confess, I belong to the Deaf World.
ASSUME-HEARING. Be this way as ye wish to be,
And show the way, the Deaf to the world,
And who knows I might tempt to learn my hands,
To sign the language of Deaf’s, their signing.
But, they must prove their language to be truthful,
And I’ll decide if it is worth it or not.
Inspired by William Shakespeare
© Ismael Mansoor