Nancy Scott McBride

CATARACT SURGERY

The first one, on my left eye,

showed me what I hadn’t noticed before—

the odd food stain or moth hole on my clothing.

It let me see how clumsy I’d been with

the eye-liner and lipstick.

I was able to read road signs and

spot pot-holes before I was on top of them.

It pointed out how dirty the house was,

so I could get busy with the broom

before guests arrived.

All good, right?

Yes, but.

The second one, on my right eye, let me know

how much I and everyone else had aged.

It underlined all the nicks, dings,

lines and scars of a long life.

Did I need to see all that?

Also, everything looked so close and bright.

The blazing sun!

The blinding red of those begonias!

The too-green grass and too-blue sky!

I feel comfy with reality a bit softened,

truth a tad fudged, and life a little blurry.

But it seems I’m an old-time black-and-white girl

living in a hi-def technicolor movie, and don’t know

if I can hack it. I’ll keep you posted.

About vision791

Pushcart nominee Jeanette Cheezum has been published on several online writing sites and in fifteen Anthology books and four poetry books. Three of these books have made the New York Times Best Sellers list. Awarded The Helium Networks Premium Writer’s Badge, Bronze Creative Writing Award and a Marketplace Writers award. Recently she has published fourteen ebooks at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. You may find a list of some of her work at www.hamptonroadswriters.org
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2 Responses to Nancy Scott McBride

  1. Anonymous says:

    Wonderful piece! The visuals you paint with your words tell your story in glorious technicolor! Well done.

  2. Sandy Patton says:

    I’m so sorry, hit send too soon, didn’t get a chance to leave name. My name is Sandy Patton, and I LOVED your poem.

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