I thought it was normal
So when the doctor asked me
‘When did it start?’
I had to tell him that I couldn’t remember not hearing it.
It used to be just in the quiet of the night,
When everyone was in bed,
That my ears would fill with the high pitched hum
But the volume has been turned up over the years
Now it persists constantly,
Only ever drowned out by noise that turns my ears
into three hundred pound weights in the morning.
When I strain to hear something, the ringing becomes offended,
And rings ever louder to grab my attention.
The ringing is not only a noise,
It is a constant distraction,
It is an ache through my skull,
And it almost seemed to mock me in the doctor’s office
When I was told there was no way of stopping it.
© Alyx Hurst 2017