Kay Watkins is a deaf writer in her 60’s and retired from doing occupational therapy for 40 years. Cochlear implants have enabled her to enjoy hearing sounds, especially birds which she also loves watching. Kay loves music, nature, all forms of art & especially enjoys combining photography and poetry. She has an amazing family and husband she has been with over a decade who has helped her with her new journey in the hearing world. You can find out more about that journey in a short documentary called “KAY” in AdamGundersheimer.com under his directing section.
“Thank you for sharing my journey with me!”
IF YOU ARE WILLING TO TAKE THE TIME
Then you will see The caterpillar change into a Butterfly flying free If you are willing to take the time You'll see the sapling Grow into a tall strong tree If you are willing to take the time You can see a friendship blossom into love The kind that endures & not fizzle out with the 1st spat Or the 1st sign of wrinkles & gray hair So on & so forth These are the days of instant gratification Instant coffee, instant rice, instant drive thru meals, instant feelings brought on by uppers, downers, Ecstasy, Viagra So on & so forth Which also bring on disposable everything, things not made to last Disposable razors, cameras Battery operated toothbrushes, Disposable marriages So on & so forth People don't want to wait for the real thing The better thing The lasting thing What shall it be What are YOU worth Do we want what's real Do we want what'll last When we know WE are worth it We'll then be truly willing To take the time
I WOULD CLIMB A TREE
When I was young There would be my escape, MY place of solitude, & being grounded Yet also just a little closer to the life of a bird. Trees are solid, rooted to the earth, branching out but still connected to the roots, getting their nutrients from the ground Yet birds fly free, getting their food from various sources, often in trees whether it's berries, nuts, or bugs crawling around the bark And to at times fly alone & at times fly with a partner or flock Stationary trees Birds flying free Yet they fit together The trees providing shelter & food for the birds And I'd like to think the trees like listening to the bird's songs And knowing they're needed Appreciated May I also have that That solidness of a tree That feeling rooted, connected & appreciated And may I also have that freedom of a bird Independence for finding various food sources & nesting places To sing & soar as high as I can And to choose when to be alone Or to be with a mate or part of a flock Stationary trees Birds flying free Fitting together May it also be so for me
AS STRONG AS THE WOMAN NEXT TO ME
I've never met her* But today I knew her well With her I was found Such a strong woman Able to build others up Not tearing one down That's the way to be Always lifting each other To smile, not frown If you'd tear one down To make yourself look better Alone you'll stand down Whether it's cancer Or abuse from another We're still not held down We're all survivors 'Cause of the women with me Shares with me their crown *Side Note: I saw this woman at a parade and noticed her cool tee-shirt & also her beautiful smile. So I talked to her, complimenting her shirt & she said it was for breast cancer awareness. I may never see this beautiful, strong woman again but I feel stronger just for the short meeting with her.