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Blind
by Sheila Deeth

In the country of the blind, the sighted child,
or one-eyed man or stranger,
cannot be.
In the land of those with sight, the blighted child,
or Sheila or Cecilia
is me.
But watch, for in this country I have smiled;
one-eyed or strange I’ve learned how
to be free.

AUTHOR’S CAPTION FOR THE PHOTOGRAPH: In the country of the dog, Maggie sees Sheila.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Sheila Deeth is the author of Divide by Zero and other novels published by Second Wind Publishing, the Five-Minute Bible Stories Series from Cape Arago Press, Tails of Mystery coming soon from Linkville Press, and other stories and poems. She is an English American, Catholic Protestant, mathematician writer, and her poem “Blind” reflects that balance of unbelonging and freedom born of being a square peg in round holes. The name Sheila comes from Cecilia, which means “blind.”