Listen Here

My right hearing aid broke yesterday when I took off my mask. My glasses were already broken, and somehow I failed to hang on to the hearing aid and it fell on the floor. It was the better fitting mould plastic that chipped off. This has happened before, and it’s time to move to the rubber tips instead.

I have my first attempted ghazal out and I figure I have an idea what the weaknesses are. I need to restrain myself from identifying them myself, could be wrong, as often happens. See that’s depressive talk. The bigger question is the difference between appreciation and appropriation, and whether I should switch forms and retreat into what my ethnicity has to offer.

Then there is the need to decolonize my hearing, and not appropriate Indigenous forms, and teachings, and hearing outdoors with respect to the First Nations. No doubt I am a settler. My curiosity continues and there is a lot I can learn by asking and searching. Wish me luck!


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