The Day He Gave Me Glasses

by Lynette K. Allen

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    The day he gave me glasses

    I was seeing fine.

    (except I had to pull the corner of my eye

    or squint

    to see the writing on the board)

    But that was good enough for me—

    (I knew so well the soft warm fuzz

    of trees and grass and houses up the street)—

    “And what will everybody say!”

    I sat back, sullen, in the office chair,

    And said farewell to friends and dates

    and future jobs;

    For with the press of plastic on my nose

    I feared I’d never be the same again.

    Perhaps I hesitate as well,

    resisting change,

    content with twilight,

    and afraid,

    When He

    who once pressed clay and spittle to the blind,

    Fits me with Spirit to my mortal eye

    to form a retina of Light

    that is a seer-stone of the world.

    For, having seen the heavens,

    I well know

    That I can never be the same again.