Pride is not for me

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Proud said they but not me that love saying proudly
Oh, thee want to distinguish my hood if I did proudly
Oh ya, how could I not be imperfect, oh, look at my ears
They are not as well-hearing, but they dim any sound
Once Dumb and Mute had given to me but I took it not
I declared it to some that said Mute, my voice is not mute
As well as I would break down Dumb with you to define

I can shout or scream with my voice even if they are not for you to hear
I can voice that misunderstands ye, or I can gibberish
I can learn and speak it properly and then you say that my accent is
Well, I can say what I can if I am to with the confidence

Proud said they but not me that love saying proudly
Oh, thee want to distinguish my hood if I did proudly
Oh ya, they did sayth, thou art show-off or thee think ye are clever
And also did they sayth, thou never stop talking back, give it rests
I did not talk back because I wanted to be pride
I did talk because the mind kept giving me other words to sign
They were a need to shut up the words that were not in good

I can tell myself what I need to think
And also can I tell myself to think twice

The words could think of me a billion times
Various words could prepare for me to stand the photosynthesis
And other various words could sing for me to misunderstand
Until one day I would come to a sense that sayth
Write to them as the books and then shall I sail ye to more
Riddle, paradox, outside the box, and I know them not
For they remain secrets that stores in my soul waiting for me

©️ Ismael Mansoor

Open thy silence

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Thy silence is thine friend
Aye, ye art Deaf, yet Sir Silence’s with thou
Alight, rejoice, thou should be a merrier
For He, yes, Him who give you the words
For what is yet to come, thy silence shall be noisy
Oh, thine love, her heart voices like a heaven
But thee must have thy honey, for a bee, to feed them
Rejoice, merry, and thy joy shall repeat, rejoice and merry
Open thy silence!

© Ismael Mansoor

Be good

Translation from South African Sign Language into English

Be good, be good, and be good
All of you know that we have heard or seen for a thousand times
That keeps telling us, so this sentence is
Be good, be good, and be good
The history its timeline that they kept telling us
Be good, be good, and be good, this they kept telling us
Because some people were and are not to be good
However, they continue to keep telling us even we all know it
That we have heard or seen for a thousand times
We all know but still, continue to keep telling
Until when one day we finally, be good

©️ Ismael Mansoor

THE CIRCLE OF INVENTIVENESS – PART 3

Hi, Provoke. HOW-ARE-YOU?

Hi Deaf, ME WELL. YOU HERE FOR?

SOMETHING ME ASK YOU WANT.

YOU WANT WHAT?

WAIT, ALL-DAY TV YOU WATCH, YES?

YEAH-ALL-DAY TV ME WATCH.

MEAN YOU FREE SO, ME WANT YOU DO WHAT? HELP INTERPRET FOR WHO? HEARING ME BRING CAN IF YOU DON’T-MIND ME DO-DO-DO.

HEARING?

YES-HEARING.

WELL-SURE.

Hi.

HIM YOU WANT ME INTERPRET?

YES PLEASE.

Hi, what is your name?

Hearing.

Well, Hearing, he wants me to interpret for him and you.

Yes, he told me by a written note.

SO.

YOU-TELL-HIM ME WANT HIM DO WHAT? HE-TELL-ME WHAT BEFORE HE WANT TO-TELL-ME?

He wants you to tell him what you told him before you came here.

I told him that he should read my lips because I cannot sign.

HE-TELL-YOU YOU SHOULD HIS-READ-LIPS WHY? HE SIGN CAN’T.

NO, THIS NO-NO-NO. BEFORE THAT.

He said, no, not this. Before that, you told him that you couldn’t sign.

He must go to see Reduction.

YOU GO SEE REDUCTION MUST.

NO-NO WAY.

He said, no, no way.

If he is not going to see Reduction, he knows what might happen to him.

SEE REDUCTION NOT KNOW YOU WHAT REDUCTION LIKE DO-TO-YOU.

ME KNOW THAT WHY ME TALK HIM ABOUT WHAT? ALONE ME YOU LEAVE.

He said he knows Reduction that’s why he wants you to leave him alone.

You don’t understand. If you don’t go to him, you will be dead!

YOU NOT GO THERE YOU DIE.

FINE ME GO THERE WHY ME KNOW HIM DANGER.

He said he will go there because he knows that Reduction is dangerous.

Great.

GREAT.

ME GO THERE WHERE?

He said where he must go to?

Mountain, the one he knows.

MOUNTAIN THIS YOU KNOW.

THANK-YOU BUT ONE THING ME WANT TELL.

He said thank you but there is one condition.

What is it?

WELL.

IF HEARING WITH-ME THEN ME GO THERE.

He said he will go there to Mountain if you go with him.

No, please.

HE SAID WHAT?

Sigh.

©️ Ismael Mansoor

Bear with me

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Show me that you show the world
Oh, forgive me if I am impolite
Or too direct language
Forgive me for my mind is Deaf

They said, when you talk, know your place
Or know thy language, that talks for thou
Or when you talk make sure it is clear
But my Deaf mind be like, I who’s not hearing
I try to learn English not only speaking but how it writes
They said, grammar, grammar, and grammar
The right sentences would satisfy English’s
I don’t know why to talk about English but

Show me that you show the world
Oh, forgive me if I am impolite
Or too direct language
Forgive me for my mind is Deaf

I would write, show me that you are
And someone would edit my saying
Don’t hide your true color
Show me that you show the world
And they would say, reveal yourself
I don’t know what to word, show me
Impolite or too direct language
Closing punctuation
Word choice

Show me that you show the world
Oh, forgive me if I am impolite
Or too direct language
Forgive me for my mind is Deaf

© Ismael Mansoor

A spirit who believes

Translation from South African Sign Language into English

I tell myself that I am a man of the Earth
Yet a spirit who believes in our Holy Creator
How I save myself from my weakness
I shall remember to pray to Him
For He who gifted me a mind’s wisdom
And an understanding’s riddle in the writing
Riddle, is a man who in the heart of hope
Understand to the soul, the need for the soul
And the time to come to tell the world

© Ismael Mansoor

Don’t give up

Translation from South African Sign Language into English

Don’t give up
You, you, you
All of you are giving up?
No, no, no
No
Don’t give up
You all are very beautiful souls
You? You? You?
Give up?
Don’t
No, no, no
No
Remember all of you, no
Remember all of you are very beautiful souls
Heart, body, very sacred
All of you are giving up?
Don’t
No, no, no
All of you are beautiful souls
All of you
Give up?
Don’t

© Ismael Mansoor

My hopeful hands

Translation from South African Sign Language into English

Too many thoughts went through my mind
Words, words, words, and too many words
Feelings, emotions, they make me think
But, I look at my hands for a hope

My hands hold each other
I won’t give up
Salvage
But, I look at my hand for a hope

Everyone is speaking
The ears are being nagged
The mouths are talking
But, I look at my hand for a hope

© Ismael Mansoor