Vision Loss

Two kinds of blindness are easily combined so that those who do not see really appear to see what is not - Tertullian

Vision Loss

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We are told to be strong act “normal”
make the first move
prove we are
just like everyone else

Then, people shout in our face
yank us across a street
ask the person with us
what we’d like to eat

After all the assurances
playing down assumptions and
comparisons to other unseeing people

I walk away alone
knowing I am not the only person
who cannot see

Source: Blindness by Valerie Moreno, Vision Thru Words, August 2012.

Valerie Moreno had partial vision until 1999 when it disappeared literally overnight.  Valerie’s eye disease is ROP (Retinopathy of Prematurity). …

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We are told to be strong act “normal” make the first move prove we are just like everyone else

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