Instructions to Hearing Persons Desiring a Deaf Man
His eyebrows cast shadows everywhere. You are a difficult language to speak. His long beard is thick with distrust. You are another curiosity seeker. His hands are not cheap trinkets. Entire lives have been wasted on you. His face is an inscrutable promise. You are nothing but paper and ink. His body is more than a secret language. Tourists are rarely fluent in it. His eyes will flicker with a bright fire when you purge your passport of sound. Let your hands be your new passport, for he will then stamp it with approval. A deaf man is always a foreign country. He remains forever a language to learn.
From Mute (A Midsummer Night's Press, 2010). Copyright © 2010 by Raymond Luczak. Used with the permission of the author.