Today’s poem is going to open your eyes. It also carries special meaning for me.
I have interviewed Kerry Kijewski, a blind woman I know. She is a blind writer.
I’ve also interviewed a blind man, Maxwell Ivey. I’ve also helped him publish two books!
My Blind Friends Taught Me To See
These two blind people have taught me to see.
I think I was blind myself, before I met them;
now a whole new world has been opened to me.
Sighted people take so much for granted.
Sighted people don’t realize how well they have it.
They often forget that there is more to a person than the outer appearance.
When was the last time you judged someone by how they looked?
They say never to judge a book by its cover,
yet that is what happens each and every day.
No wonder blind people feel safer in their homes.
Why should they subject themselves to looks they can’t see?
My friends, Max and Kerry, have opened my eyes.
Max is a sweetheart who has a heart of gold.
He’s a blogger, a business owner, and an inspiration.
Sometimes I wonder where he gets his motivation.
Kerry is a woman who loves writing and travelling.
She uses her other senses to enjoy places she visits.
She appreciates Nature’s beauty in different ways than I do;
I tend to focus on the visual only.
Kerry has opened my eyes to the beauty all around me.
The grey skies I see sometimes dampen my mood.
Now I envision sunshine and warmth raining upon my skin
and I no longer take for granted how easy it is for me to cook food.
Blindness is something most suffer from, figuratively speaking.
Kerry and Max don’t suffer, though, even though they are literally blind.
As I travel forward on my journey in life,
I’m going to be leaving my taking-for-grantedness behind.
I’m so glad I met these two wonderful people.
Kerry has shown me the world can be bright.
Now, finally, the world feels right.
Thank you for empowering me with your might.