The Mute


the man is sorely ridiculed

for lack of oral worth

a fault that’s not his own you see

— an accident of birth

across his mind play images

his thoughts unmarred by speech

they say he dwells in ignorance

what lessons he could teach!

he’d beat them all in games of chess

this idiot so meek

but they don’t know and never will

they’re blind and he can’t speak


— 1983

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