Summer 1964 • Vol. XXVI No. 3 PoetryJuly 1, 1964 |

Blindfold

From the German.  the cause of the seeing shall be victorious the one-eyed have taken things in hand have seized power and crowned the blind man king policemen play blindman's buff at the closed frontier occasionally they catch an eye specialist who has been proscribed as a grave security risk all the leading gentlemen wear a black patch over their right eye abandoned glasses and lenses delivered by blind men's dogs collect mold in lost property offices ambitious young astronomers have glass eyes installed and farsighted parents instruct their children early in the progressive art of squinting the enemy blackens boric acid for the cornea of his agents but decent citizens in view of the conditions do not trust their eyes strew salt and pepper into their faces weeping fumble the sights and start to learn braille the king has recently declared that he is confidently looking into the future

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