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Billy Collins was the 44th Poet Laureate of the USA...this poem seems like it fits somewhere in the cracks of the friendly chat forum...hopefully it works for more than just the jazz's a vision i wish for all us hyperacusics...we just want to turn it up a little bit...and make it all the way downtown!

Man Listening To Disc
This is not bad --
ambling along 44th Street
with Sonny Rollins for company,
his music flowing through the soft calipers
of these earphones,

as if he were right beside me
on this clear day in March,
the pavement sparkling with sunlight,
pigeons fluttering off the curb,
nodding over a profusion of bread crumbs.

In fact, I would say
my delight at being suffused
with phrases from his saxophone --
some like honey, some like vinegar --
is surpassed only by my gratitude

to Tommy Potter for taking the time
to join us on this breezy afternoon
with his most unwieldy bass
and to the esteemed Arthur Taylor
who is somehow managing to navigate

this crowd with his cumbersome drums.
And I bow deeply to Thelonious Monk
for figuring out a way
to motorize -- or whatever -- his huge piano
so he could be with us today.

This music is loud yet so confidential.
I cannot help feeling even more
like the center of the universe
than usual as I walk along to a rapid
little version of "The Way You Look Tonight,"

and all I can say to my fellow pedestrians,
to the woman in the white sweater,
the man in the tan raincoat and the heavy glasses,
who mistake themselves for the center of the universe --
all I can say is watch your step,

because the five of us, instruments and all,
are about to angle over
to the south side of the street
and then, in our own tightly knit way,
turn the corner at Sixth Avenue.

And if any of you are curious
about where this aggregation,
this whole battery-powered crew,
is headed, let us just say
that the real center of the universe,

the only true point of view,
is full of hope that he,
the hub of the cosmos
with his hair blown sideways,
will eventually make it all the way downtown.

Billy Collins

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Hi Stephenstreets, ((( Smiles )))



it's a vision i wish for all us hyperacusics...we just want to turn it up a little bit...and make it all the way downtown!


I've been downtown and that was a huge step when I could walk freely and handle traffic like normally. I also went to a fair and saw " Big Rain " live..


Of course I stayed far back from thoses that set on the lawn where the sound was the highest.. But I was close enough where I could enjoy it and feel safe.. I noted that at one time one of the players put fingers in his ears and rubbed when a speaker or amp came on..


Thou I'm not a concert goer and it probably wasen't as loud as a live concert with surround sound and all. It was pretty loud and I savored every note that I could hear from where I stood... way back..


But their music was pretty mellow compared to like other kinds and just being there to watch it all. Felt kind of good. Yes, I am cautious about ever getting sick again. Anythings possible...


But they just happened to be their at the fair.. So I thought.. Why not enjoy... From a safe distance.. Compared to what I went thru to make my hyperacusis better over time.. That was tough.. This was fun...


May it allways stay this way....  

Take Care

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