Donald Illich

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Eyes

It was time for the eyes to have it.
To caress each and everything

in the universe.  Through binoculars,
telescopes.  Microscopes, kaleidoscopes.

Let colors create different worlds,
from birds in feathered nests to microbes

hatching in water.  The stars are out there,
ready for their closeups, while dirt

contains so many beautiful creatures
never seen.  Even bare eyes can crawl

under fridges to see muck and dirt,
or hit the highest peak to view a landscape

beneath them.  Once these things
are witnessed, it’s up to the mouth

to express the visions through sound.
The slow-moving pen to sketch letters

that mean more than what’s written.
Close the book, take your attention away

from the screen.  The visible transforms
your personality.  It spins through neurons

in a fast-moving charge.  You won’t
forget seeing what you haven’t seen.

© 2017 Donald Illich

Donald Illich has published poetry in LIT, Nimrod, Sixth Finch, and other journals.  He lives in Maryland.

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3 Responses to Donald Illich

  1. Hiram Larew says:

    “You won’t forget seeing what you haven’t seen.” Yes! Thanks for sharing this, Don – and Mike.

  2. My favorite lines :

    “to express the visions through sound.
    The slow-moving pen to sketch letters

    that mean more than what’s written.
    Close the book, take your attention away”

  3. very interesting poem,best wishes,angelee

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