Archive | February, 2015

About Connecting

18 Feb

by Stella De Genova

I just read my friend, Jeff Flodin’s post, Connections, which you can find at his blog, Jalapenos in the Oatmeal: digesting blindness.  As usual, Jeff has hit it on the mark.  It makes me think of all of the different places and positions I’ve been in in my life – all of the different hats I’ve worn so to speak.  From daughter to wife and mother; from student to being in the real world and finding a job that I could raise a family with and from marriage to divorce to marriage again.  Through all of it, I’d say being the blind person in the room has been the hardest to accept and most difficult to maneuver.  I think it is most difficult when people think of you as blind and look no deeper.  I’ve learned to accept the blind hat (for the most part) but I don’t want that to be the first and last thing that defines me.  Take time to know me on a deeper level than what you see on the surface.  I may be the person you see having trouble finding a doorway but I’m also the person who took care of the family, the home, the bills, the job.  So yes, connect and talk and let’s learn about each other.

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Suspension

12 Feb

by Nancy Scott

Lost in a strange state

named on a map but not mapped

in his knowing, he drives,

watches for signs,

apologizes his need

for reassurance; his need

not to be lost.

 

I’ve left myself behind,

perhaps at the Phillipsburg bridge

or at my front door,

knowing I won’t need

me till we find

our right place.

I’ll float back shaking

hands with people I’m supposed to know

or standing on a porch whose steps

I forget to measure.

 

I roam in highway hum,

smile comfort to my companion,

not saying I want the ride

to never end.

 

Nancy Scott, Easton, PA, is a blind essayist and poet.  Her over 600 bylines have appeared in magazines, literary journals, anthologies and newspapers, and as audio commentaries. An essayist and poet, she has published three chapbooks. She won First Prize in the 2009 International Onkyo Braille Essay Contest. Recent work appears in Breath and Shadow, Contemporary Haibun Online, and Stone Voices.

(Apologies from Vision Through Words for the formatting of the stanzas of this poem.  Something has changed in WordPress posting and being visually impaired myself, I’m still trying to figure out how to format poetic stanzas now!  But since this is a lovely poem for Valentine’s Day, I thought you’d like to read it sooner than later.)