Weaker than Water

"In the world, there is nothing more submissive and weak than water. Yet for attacking that which is hard and strong, nothing can surpass it." –Lao Tzu

Being Blind

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The corporeal way you enter my office,
banging the door frame with your hard, white cane,
more confident than the walls or the floor,
or the chair I stupidly wave you to,
until I remember: pull it your way.
Guide your hand to the arm
and let you sit how you’ve learned.

You tell me why you came,
but I think it was more to remind me
we don’t always need ordinary sight
to breathe white shower steam,
to smell wet leaves,
to taste beautiful lasagna,
to feel, even, a dark, fresh bed.
There are such things as other senses.
There lives the inner eye.
There thrives the third eye, too.

And so I wonder if I could be like you,
banging open doors of the world,
screaming from anima mundi:
“There are other ways you can see!”

I wonder if I could be like you,
more visible than the sun,
more lively than the rain,
more than just the same.

Katherine Gotthardt

Copyright 2013

original version 1997


Author: All Things Writing, LLC

Katherine Gotthardt is CEO of All Things Writing, LLC, a full-service content development and content marketing company. A published writer and seasoned educator, Katherine leads a team of professionals on a mission to make clients shine online and in print.

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