Sign Language

by. Laxmi Shanker Bajpai

They talk in groups of four or five,

In sign language

It is amazing to see them give 

Form to words with their hands and fingers

With such dexterity

Immersed as they are

In deep conversations

A variety of expressions rise on their faces

Their conversations create an

Atmosphere of wonderment

Leaving passers-by amazed,

As they whisper among themselves,

In words expressing a mixture of emotions

Ranging from sympathy to derision:

As one mutters, “They are dumb”

For they can only see the speechlessness.

And are unable to hear

Life as it bubbles with joy

In their conversations.