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.

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