My Blind Friends Taught Me To See #inspirational #poem

headshot of Kerry Kijewski, one of my blind friends

 

a picture of Maxwell Ivey, another of my blind friends

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

I know two blind people: Max and Kerry.

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.

Max has led me out of my darkness into the light.

Kerry has shown me the world can be bright.

Now, finally, the world feels right.

Thank you for empowering me with your might.

Author: Lorraine Reguly

Lorraine Reguly, BA/BEd, is an author and an English teacher-turned-freelancer for hire who offers 4 different services on Wording Well: writing (including blogging and ghostwriting); editing; and mentoring. She also helps others become published authors! Check out her services and see what she can do for you to help you!

2 thoughts on “My Blind Friends Taught Me To See #inspirational #poem

  1. Edwin O. Polini

    Very nice Lorraine; it is a fact the perceptions of a blind person are profound. Even though it is a difficult circumstance, those of us who lost sight in adulthood can also find a world of wisdom in blindness. Blessings!
    Edwin
    TheHomeCashMachine.com

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    1. Lorraine Reguly Post author

      Edwin, first of all, thank you so much for taking the time to read this poem. I have known Max for years, and he introduced me to Kerry, whom I actually met in person. 🙂 Secondly, I can’t imagine the difficulty one must go through to adjust to being blind. Finally, may I ask you how and when you lost your sight, and how you adapted? I know your response might be lengthy, but, honestly, I’m very interested. You can give me the short version if you want. 😉
      Talk soon, I hope.
      Lorraine

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