Photo Challenge #249 – Things Growing in My Eyes.


There are things growing in my eyes,

They weren’t always there

But I feel them now

Moments when my vision blurs

When a good rubbing clears them away

Until they find cause to grow again.

It wasn’t always this way

I had good eyes once,

Blue, clear, 20/20 vision.

But age caught up with me

First my long sight

Then reading, I was ensnared

When my eyes found reason to get lazy

And I had to wear glasses

For that gave rise to more laziness

Thicker lenses and heavier frames.

They tell me its part of getting older

But I think denial can take care of that

At least I tell myself that

As I clean my spectacles once again

Rub the bridge of my nose

As it complains of a weight

It wasn’t supposed to bear.

Looking down at my computer screen

I pop on my computer glasses

So much easier to see with I find

And look out into the world

Abuzz with news and possibilities,

I dare not stop looking

For fear of missing, the important

And mostly the trivial.

But the things in my eyes are still growing

Clouding the future, holding me ransom

To the shackles of age

Until ravaged I succumb

Remembered as someone who once was.


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9 Responses to Photo Challenge #249 – Things Growing in My Eyes.

  1. Reena Saxena says:

    The last 5 lines are fantabulous. Sharing this piece…

  2. Reena Saxena says:

    Reblogged this on Reena Saxena and commented:
    Things growing in my eyes …. by Michael

  3. crimsonprose says:

    As someone who shares this annoying condition, I smile to see it the subject of a poem. 🙂

  4. msjadeli says:

    That last line packs a punch.

  5. -Eugenia says:

    The last five lines are fantastic!

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