Evelyn Glennie, a Scottish multi-percussionist who despite losing her capacity to hear at the age of 12 didn’t give up music! She couldn’t hear the sounds but felt it in the most amazing way! Once she’d heard (felt) a drum playing and in her words…
“Suddenly I realised I could feel the higher drum from the waist up and the lower one from the waist down.”
After this, she was determine to nourish this talent of hers and never looked back! Even now she performs barefoot, feeling every beat caressing her! So, here’s a poem dedicated to her untiring efforts and a heart of gold!
Evelyn, the little budding musician
Waiting to play the piano with passion…
Her name was called but she didn’t hear.
The nerve damage had impaired her ears
Silence stretched, miles along, suffocatingly sick
Folks jeered, “What! Really! Can a deaf play music?”
But deaf are those who don’t feel, don’t care,
Not the ones who’ve zeal and dare!!!
Without fighting the battle, she didn’t succumb to defeat,
For God had given her a different treat!
What we hear, she felt deep within
And let the musical waves flow therein…
Her mind opened to sound and vibrations
Tingling her skin, creating sensations!
Music poured in through every part…
Gradually, she mastered the divine art!
Her heroic spirit without a tint of proud
Made her stand atop the crowd!
Evelyn became the greatest inspiration
Weaving perfection out of her imperfections!
Surpassing all the boundaries and shackles,
Thrashing all the exhausting obstacles!
After reading her tale, just think buddies…
What you can do and achieve, Oh see!
When silence knows how to work the piano keys!!!
~ Bhavya Malhotra
There’s a prose in standard 9th English textbook on Evelyn Glennie’s story and I’ve picked up the title “The Sound Of Music” from there only!