My Turquoise and Tortoiseshell Tiffany & Co. Eyeglasses
by Alice Morris

My Turquoise and Tortoiseshell Tiffany & Co. Eyeglasses
are my most prized possession.

I first saw them four years ago in the
illuminated case,
watched a salesman turn the key,
hand those small-diamond-accented-frames to me,

and as I put them to my eyes, I saw
frames from the discounted drawers, others I’d selected
from among the masses along walls, saw the cheaters too that I’d bought
in bulk — generic, ill-fitting things, unlike

these Tiffanies

that I had fitted with progressives for both sight and mood
and now without these glasses
I am more-or-less a Mr. Magoo —

that 50s visually impaired cartoon character who
walks over cliffs, careens
through three lanes of traffic — driving in the wrong direction — Magoo —
who regularly misreads large-print signage, ends up
perhaps, at the sand pit
he’s at the beach,
then shoves his cartoon pal into the spinning cement mixer
mistaking it for
an amusement ride.

Then me —
habitually tapping the top of my head like I have a tic,
holding back panic
when my prized Tiffanies are not perched patiently there
rendering me incapable of reading regular, and often these days — bold print.
And halfway down stairs I am not pleased to find
my eyes have left me
in a grab-quickly-for-the-handrail
sort of fuzz.

Dear unaware, eyeglass-lacking Magoo
only my specs save me from being you.

AUTHOR’S PHOTO CAPTION: My cherished eyeglasses, 2016.

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: I have many objects, but I believe perfectly fitting eyeglasses with correct optics are of extreme importance to me these days. Without my glasses I cannot read or write. Without these glasses, and not being able to see correctly, I feel there is a disconnect that happens somewhere in my brain. And so at those times, I relate to Mr. Magoo.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Alice Morris, a Minnesota native, earned her BS in English Education from Towson State University, and her MS in counseling from Johns Hopkins. She comes to writing with a background in art —  published in a West Virginia textbook and The New York Art Review. Her poetry is published or is forthcoming in The Broadkill Review, included in a chapbook, several themed poetry collections and anthologies, is published by Silver Birch Press, The Avocet, The Weekly Avocet, and Delaware Beach Life. She is a member of the Coastal Writers and the Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild.

Phot0s by Alice Morris.