by Sharon Tewksbury
When I left that dusty little town,
Where the tumbleweeds rolled, and the cactus grew,
I thought I’d set the world on fire,
With all the things I thought I knew!
I still remember that childhood sidewalk,
Leading to the shack I called home,
The lawn chairs sitting by the front door,
Where I sat when daddy was gone.
How many days did I sit in them and dream?
How many nights did I plan on the day?
when my restlessness would fuel my wings
And I would go far away.
I remember the parched West Texas ground,
I felt like I would never walk on it again,
I’d never taste the desert rain
Or hear the early morning wind.
But now, how different it is for me,
47 years have quickly passed,
Family are passing friends are leaving,
Did I really think temporary would last?
Time is going by, change writes destiny,
And The little shack is not there now,
But the weathered old fence stands defying time’s touch,
Though I don’t really know just how.
And that young girl still lives inside of me,
Her presence I feel each day,
Like an eagle she flew but she came back down,
To the place where she flew away.
Sharon Tewksbury, was born blind in the early fifties. She had cataracts before birth, was born prematurely and was in an incubator for eight weeks. Oxygen and bright lights made what vision she had leave at an expedient rate. This poem was written to share that although some sighted folks might think the blind have missed out, nothing could be further from the truth.