The two peaches came from opposite orchards.
They waited to be picked up by some buyer or another;
it was late when the two men,
brothers in trade, arrived.
They examined the peaches and shook their heads:
“Who on earth would eat such peaches!”
exclaimed the one: “One peach with so much sugar,
but with hardly any juice!
While the other with so much juice,
but with hardly any sugar!”
“You nailed it on the head,” agreed the other,
“just what I have been meaning to talk to you about:
I have a son,
and you have a son,
Your son is blind but smart,
my son is sighted but dumb!
Now is that fair, I ask you?
What would a dim-eyed person do with a brain?
Wouldn’t God have done better
if he had given the brain of your son
to my son who sees but is a dimwit?
At least there would then be one good peach
don’t you think so?”
Shocked, the other would-be buyer said,
“You must ask God that.”
The two peaches heard all that
and nodded as if to say,
“The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh away.”
“I wouldn’t for the world,
sweet sister, covet your sugar!”
“Nor would I for the whole world,
my good sister, covet your juice!”
Reja-e-Busailah was born in Jerusalem and now lives in Indiana, U.S. He has been totally blind since infancy, from before the end of his first year. He has published poems in a variety of little magazines on different subjects. This poem and the next that Vision Through Words will post are from a collection of poems, Poems Out of Sight, which he hopes to publish in the near future. Reja-e also in the process of having a memoir about his childhood published within the next few months.