November 20, 2008

Teaching Poetry at the School for the Blind

Their struggle to meet the image in the dark
is one we know-the storms, the hesitation-
but the shifting bridge they walk between idea
and braille's brief physical translation

reveals the sometimes lightness of our thoughts,
our casual groping for a better word,
as easy, slight as calling to our love
or remembering the chorus of a song we heard.

—Chelsea Rathburn
From The Shifting Line (University of Evansville Press, 2005)

Posted by dwaber at November 20, 2008 01:27 PM