Waiting for the optician

They stared at her and whispered loud,
“So young. It must be hard on her.”
They shook their head and held their son
A little closer, far from her.
Who knows if she’s contagious now?

The son adjusts his plastic specs
Which make his eyes look wonderstruck.
He points at her and asks aloud,
“I want a earphone just like hers.”

His parents meet her parents’ eyes,
Apologize embarrassedly.
Then shift away and scold their son
“You shouldn’t make her feel so bad.
It’s not her fault she’s deaf so young.
See here, they have such pretty frames.”

I wonder at how blind we are.
She’s only wearing specs for ears.

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