The deaf
have to sign
to talk to themselves.
A girl sits beside
me – I believe
we could say
rattling away.
I think how hard
it would be
for me to ever
get out of the house
if I had to do that.
There is always
the monitoring &
direction –
keys, lists, glasses
a basket for market,
the notebook
I am working in.
How to gather
all this up
as I sign?

Her eyes do not
look in the same
so it’s hard
to know if
she is addressing
She keeps making
that gesture
of putting the thumb
up in air –
as though to “all right,
all caps,
okay in that over
emphasized tone –
and I find
I do not know
what to say.