“You’re missing all the high pitched, soft consonant
sounds,” the audiologist told me.
“You mean women’s voices?”
“Well, yes I guess you could say that.”
Isn’t it odd, how men suffer this deafness?
We stare intently with sympathetic smiles watching
their lips shower us in sentences half heard.
I’ve noticed that missing so much of what she tells me
has deepened my affection for her.
Is this what they mean by making more out of less?
From Girl Friend & Other Mysteries of Love (Propaganda Press, 2013).
Used with the author's permission.