Polly

Writings and Witterings

Earache

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A poem for two voices – remembering a trip to the Canary Islands at this time of year 🙂

Earache

‘Ow! My ears hurt. My ears hurt.
It’s the wind that blows
over the oceans,
ruffling my clothes,
but worse than that,
even though it’s warm,
in my ears there’s an ache going on.’

‘Yes, I know, my dear,
the pain is intense,
you’ve been telling me
for hours, ever since
we got to this island
so far from our home,
but it is warm, dear,
and wherever we roam
at this time of year
it’ll always be true
that wind in your ears
will trouble you.’

‘But it’s making me blue
and this is not why we’re here,
they promised good times
full of sunshine and cheer.
The ache in my ears
is making me anxious.
Forgive me my darling
for being fractious.’

‘Well, the sunshine is here,
such a lovely day,
something to smile at
while we are away.
Perhaps you’ll feel better
if we go inside?
Though I’m sad if from sunshine
we have to hide.’

‘Ooh, look! A hat stall! Look my dear!
I’ll get a tea cosy to cover my ears.
We’ll stay outdoors, our time won’t be ruined
by a mistraly breeze or worse that’s brewing.
Warm though it is, I can’t be doing
with pain in my ears. I’m only human.’

‘Ah, do not distress yourself
buy the hat,
in moments all will be swell.
You may have pain
in your ears, my dear…
But my ears ache as well!’

Polly Stretton © 2015

In response to a dVerse prompt by Grace aka Kathleen Everett – dVerse is open to all, have a go! 🙂

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48 thoughts on “Earache

  1. I love the conversation! By one of those quirky co-incidencesppoets often experience I am about two days over hearing ache, delighted to read your poem while able to appreciate the gentle breeze around me!

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  2. Wickedly accurate conversation between partners… but yes, my sympathy, that mistral wind is enough to give anyone earache.

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  3. The wind does hurt my ears! At least one of them! But your dialogue here is quite funny, Polly, and there are different types of wind, different types of ear aches (as you point out.) Loved the tea cozy hat! k.

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  4. smiles… i sometimes use my in-ear plugs form my phone to protect the ears from a nasty wind… sad to stay inside when the weather is lovely but the wind can def. mess things up at times..

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  5. I loved the rhythm and the rhyming. It was very musical.

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  6. haha…me thinks his ears hurt for reasons beyond the wind…smiles…fun back and forth in the dialogue…I would hate to miss the sun and being outside…it def rejuvenates me…

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  7. The last line made me laugh out loud – yes there are two kinds of aching ears! Wonderfully clever response to the windy prompt – Thanks!

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  8. this fun, and confirmed I’m not alone in protecting my ears from the wind, especially when I cycle.

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  9. Ooh I love the conclusion here Polly.. somehow I have see a nagging old couple knowing exactly which buttons to press…

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    • You made me giggle re the ‘nagging old couple’ who know which buttons to press…interesting to see the different takes on the partnership in the comments 🙂

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  10. Love this, gave me a smile. Loved to hear you read both voices too. Very cleverly done. Were his ears aching from her wittering? 😊

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  11. Love the conversations ~ I think different people have different reactions ~ Just wear a hat and enjoy the sunshine ~

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  12. I’ve never had a wind that bothered my ears, but still I enjoyed this conversation. The idea of a wonderful sunny vacation ruined by ear pain was sad, but comical nonetheless. Peace, Linda

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  13. A tea cozy for a hat! What a huge smile that brought on. Instead of thinking of a couple, I was thinking of two sisters who have been everywhere, seen everything, done everything together. The two conversations were great – the back and forth and then the other finally saying….I have an earache too but it’s from you!!!! I had a good laugh. Very fun poem.

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  14. Polly, the two voices are utterly charming! It is a little sing-song poem and all fits so well! 🙂 xx

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  15. Hi Polly–I’ve been meaning to write a review of Chatterton–a little sick and overworked at the moment, but will get to it. Thanks k.

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    • Aw, how kind of you—sorry to see you’re under the weather, always rotten but even worse when you’ve a lot of work on. Hope you feel better soon k. x

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  16. A tea cosy hat! Lovely image. I love hats but they don’t love me. There is nothing worse than earache ugh!!! I love the concept of this poem 🙂

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