Come on feel the noise

A band on a stage playing to a crowd

Image credit: C.E.Ayr

It’s a truly beautiful day in spring,
and the annual festival is in full swing.

I can feel in my bones the
thump, thump, thump
of the drumming.

I can see the swaying bodies of the crowd,
watch those at the front in their dance.
Their smiles speak volumes
as they twirl and prance.

I can watch the performers on the stage
as they strut their stuff;
their enjoyment is almost tangible.

I can revel in the cameraderie;
the air itself is electric.

The music, however, is a mystery —
I often wonder what it must be like to hear.

Word count: 99
Prompt: Friday Fictioneers


Disclaimer: I myself have SSD (single-sided deafness); I can only imagine what it must be like not to be able to hear at all, and I’m very sorry if I’ve got it wrong.

About peNdantry

Phlyarologist (part-time) and pendant. Campaigner for action against anthropogenic global warming (AGW) and injustice in all its forms. Humanist, atheist, notoftenpist. Wannabe poet, writer and astronaut.
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48 Responses to Come on feel the noise

  1. Rick Reynolds says:

    The juxtaposition of the Slade song and the lovely poem gives this post a certain je ne sais quoi. (But I don’t know what it is hoho.)

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    • pendantry says:

      The addition of the video was really an afterthought… I was struggling to think of a title for the piece and this one seemed to fit — and then I thought Hey, isn’t there a song with that title?, and that, as they say, is all she wrote. Not sure it was a good idea adding the ‘juxtaposition’, in retrospect I think it detracts from my piece.

      Thanks for dropping by, Rick!

      PS hoho indeed ;)


  2. blindzanygirl says:

    Bloody hell. That’s a blast from the past! A brilliant one. Love the poem. I didn’t know you had deafness. Great post.

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  3. Dear Pendantry,

    Well written and that last line is a gut punch.



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  4. ceayr says:

    Very cleverly done.

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  5. pennygadd51 says:

    Interesting story. Did you ever hear of Evelyn Glennie? She was profoundly deaf, but was able to play in a top class professional symphony orchestra from the feel of the music.

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  6. msjadeli says:

    Wonderful twist at the end. She felt it right.

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  7. Nobbinmaug says:

    I’ve read that people who can’t hear can still get a sense of it from the vibrations of the music. I don’t know how much enjoyment that can bring. Hearing is just another in the long list of little things most of us take for granted. I’m sure it’s a much larger thing when it’s gone.

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    • pendantry says:

      As I said in the post, I can only imagine what it’s like. I’m guessing here, but perhaps to someone who has been deaf from birth it’s not such a big deal as they don’t know what they’re missing; I suspect that it’s more of a trial if you’ve had hearing but have lost it — as someone with SSD I have a little sense of this, as I remember being able to hear in stereo but now I’m incapable of doing that.

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  8. MythRider says:

    Great surprise ending. Certainly didn’t see that one coming.
    Sorry your hearing loss is your inspiration, but it is good for the rest of us to see it from your point of view.

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  9. Killer last line. Even though I can hear well, I still feel the music in my bones. It’s more like an energetic eddy. Beautiful poem!

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  10. I had a peek at your book. Good stuff! Have put it on my wish list owning to lack-of-time and too many unread books on my Kindle.

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  11. Dale says:

    This had a great twist at the end. I can’t imagine how hard it must be to not hear – unless they never knew it. Then it just would be.

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  12. Sandra says:

    Well done. Something to reflect upon there.

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  13. I actually do know someone who loves going to live music gigs despite being totally deaf. The song you chose fits perfectly with your tale.

    Here’s mine!

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  14. Liz Young says:

    Beautifully described, and the last line took me by surprise.


  15. You have a way with last lines. So powerful.

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  16. granonine says:

    Single-sided deafness. I never heard it so-described before. I’ve always been fascinated by deaf people who dance or skate by feeling the vibrations from the ground through their feet. Anyway, I enjoyed your post :)

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    • pendantry says:

      Single-sided deafness is a pain. I can’t echo-locate, for one thing (I can’t tell where sounds are coming from). One time in this HUGE car park, I got separated from my friends. They could see me, and they shouted “OVER HERE!”… I started walking in the direction I thought was the right one, but then I heard “NO, over HERE!” so I changed directions. My friends were killing themselves laughing when I got to them; they said it had been like in one of those arcades where you shoot the duck and it changes direction….

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  17. James McEwan says:

    Lovely piece of poetry – My brother is deaf and as a young boy he used to place his ear against the gramophone (now there is an old term) and listen to Petula Clark’s “Down Town” – for hours.

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  18. This is a great angle at the photo prompt! Generally, even the completely deaf can ‘hear’ (or sense, or feel) some sounds, especially beat, tempo, drums, base. At some level of music, the vibration itself shakes the bones of one’s skull (yep, literally) and becomes sensation. So, even completely deaf persons can enjoy a concert, with some sense of ‘hearing/feeling/sensing’ and not only visuals. Not the words or higher notes, but they can still be a part, and even play some of the instruments or dance to the beat! FWIW.

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  19. NIce poem with a sobering end, well written

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  20. mistermuse says:

    I dig the poem but I don’t “feel the noise” (sorry, just not my kind of music).

    And, like blindzanygirl, I didn’t know you had (single-sided) deafness. It’s a reminder that what we don’t know about others we meet should make us humble about first impressions. Who among us doesn’t have inapparent issues, yet it is all too easy to make snap judgments/assumptions based on inadequate knowledge.

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    • pendantry says:

      Very true! When analysing online communications, eggspurts often mention the adverse effect of the lack of non-textual cues (such as tone of voice, facial expression and so on) yet the nuances of online relationships go much deeper than that.

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