Sestina’s Radio

My left speaker falsifies me,
crackles, hisses, clichéd toad.
I turn my right speaker to you.
Surf wax fills the air,
wave tubes squeezed tight.
An unreal bird sings,

pierces my ear with a ring,
and to my radio welds me,
night’s station holding tight,
while in the surf singing toads
fill the ringing air
with songs of greyouts.

I try to explain these sounds to you:
above my left ear a toad sings,
caught in my curly bird hair,
a secret word brings to me,
from KJOB, sings this DJ Toad:
“Silence is noise for you tonight.”

My ears grow frightened,
and I look for sounds to you,
the coming of the toads,
the interventions of Sestina’s sting,
for alone she sings to me.
My ear receives whispers of air,

a clogged blogging air,
seashelled, wax watertight.
The toads begin to mew
in the alleys of my ears joyously,
a clear and concise ring,
the singing of the toads,

about nothing much to do.
No sound fills the air.
Nothing outside this radio sings,
its channel fixed tight
to sing only to you,
asymmetrically.

Only in my left ear sings this toad,
for me a secret aria,
while fades like light your voice.

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3 Comments Add yours

  1. This is very touchingly conveyed. Amazing how a tight form can intensify a poignant experience.

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    1. Joe Linker says:

      I like the sestina very much, great fun, and seems to be flexible within as far as themes – it seems to take light to serious equally well. The story of the ears is true, unfortunately. Took a slight chance last night on a jazz band concert. Will spend today trying to stay acoustic.

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  2. I must try writing a sestina sometimes.
    Given the tinnitus condition affects so many people it’s strange that they haven’t come up with a cure. Saw this device, something along the line of frequency rapport, maybe worth exploring. Can’t understand why it should be so costly.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2116915/Could-device-cure-tinnitus-iPod-style-gadget-cuts-ringing-ears-50.html

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