“Deafness” by Jon Bennett

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My boyfriend has depression 
and hearing loss 
so he gets on bupropion 
and sticks in hearing aids 
 “When I dream of you,” I tell him, 
“you’re a different person 
than you are on those pills.” 
He just stares at me 
“Didn’t you hear me?” I say 
and I want to smack him 
the way 
he used to smack me 
“The pills make me feel normal,” 
he says finally, 
“you should be happy for me.”  
Now he feels  
like the person 
he is in his dreams 
but in my dreams 
he has left me 
far behind. 

Bio: Jon Bennett writes and plays music in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood. You can find him on most music streaming sties and by connecting with him at www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100067752415341