Pain or Pleasure?

Pain or Pleasure?

A Poem by Andrew John


When they took him there
did you hear what they did?
Was there call or grunt?
Laugh or scream?
Joy or lamentation?

We perform the strangest or most grotesque
of auditory communications.
Such a mixed bag, such a miscellany!
Torture or tickle? Titillation or skin sensation?
Can we choose to hear pain or pleasure?

(13 Feb 2023)

© 2024 Andrew John

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I don't think we can choose to hear either... unless we cover our ears...i think we must hear both, as these sounds are part of life...and we must know a certain mood, either joyous or sad...we are connected human beings...and hearing and listening is part of our makeup....
Well done....
Warmly, B

Posted 4 Months Ago

Andrew John

4 Months Ago

Many thanks, Betty. Interesting to see how you're examining this! Wow. I hope the poem does give peo.. read more
Betty Hermelee

4 Months Ago

You’re very welcome Andrew
Warmly, B

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Added on February 13, 2024
Last Updated on February 13, 2024
Tags: pain, pleasure, joy, lament, laugh, scream, torture, tickle


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