Thursday, May 03, 2012

Slowly Opening

author's note:

I recently watched Eat the Sun, a documentary on sun-gazers--people who stare directly into the Sun each day for nourishment.

But there's plenty of light, plenty of sun, plenty of nourishment, without burning our retinas in that way.


When I honestly try
to see you now
the act of feeling
helps heal my sight

even if I witness bleeding...

The problem with my eyes
began long ago:
suddenly I'd see someone
in a sharp instinctive moment
and feel compelled
to turn away...

Not until I learned
to accept pain
as necessary
could I do more than glance
at your mirror--

but my eyes are still opening...
opening slowly--they must
to adjust to the shock
of sunlight.

© 2012, Michael R. Patton

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