I wish the sound of the ocean could
drown out the constant ringing in my head.
If the ringing was gone, then the only sounds
I would hear right now would be:
the waves gently crashing on the beach
the wind rustling through palm fronds
the flip-flop of sandals on the boardwalk
katydids singing in the trees
the turning of pages at my side
the calls of seagulls and pelicans
competing for the day's catch
Sometimes I barely notice it;
when I'm deep in conversation or
my attention is otherwise engaged.
But it's moments like this
when I wish it would go away.
When all I want to hear is
the sound of the waves.