~ Colours in My Eyes ~

If I should go blind will I still remember
the colours of the world I have seen?
Will my eyes become the colours reflecting my memory;
reds and yellows blues and green?

Will there be magentas and violets and ochre?
Will there be azure, aqua, olive and tan?
As the colours gradually fade from my memory
will you not see them in my eyes again?

Will the freshness of life be visible still?
The fun of pink and orange and lime
The warmth of vermilion buttercup and lemon
The mellowness of garnet and wine

So which would be last that will fade from my eyes?
The brilliance of a sunrise or dark skies of night?
Shall the blue of the water and sky shine on?
Or will it be the calm cool emerald of life?

adgray ©2008

I was trapped in this gaze posted by Alf Caruana and the the thought “What happens to your eyes when you go blind?” crossed my mind then these words filled my head

Enjoy! ♥

adgray is a writer and a poet
- telling stories all her life,
- writing them down once she learnt how
“Scribbling! Always scribling!”
… and no there was nothing to be done about it!
Her poetry came later when the gift found her to be a ZETE segue (Zographonic Extemporanious Treatise Ekphrasis)
At times she can go into a trance-like state as poetry flows through her to the page and screen
Thank you for coming to read my words! ~ adgray~

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  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 6 years ago

    My biggest fear – eloquently written

  • Thank you!
    I heard one of our best writers Colleen McCulloch is going blind! [Bet it’s PCs lol] and she cant write by dictating it to others so she will have to stop writing when her sight goes. But I hope she can learn brail and have some gadget that will read what she has written back to her for corrections or something! Meanwhile she is writing as many hours as her eyes are open!
    If I went blind I think my life would stop too. I guess I could handle loosing my sense of smell or my hearing but not my sight!
    Chookas that none of us do! ♥

    – adgray

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarover 6 years ago

    Alyssa, Oh you are a poet extraordinaire!!!!!!!! This is absolutely awesome…the whole tone of this
    poem just touches the heart and draws pictures….Chookas..Sally xxxxxxxxxxxooooooooo

  • Thank you so much Sally!
    Yes his art is stunning [did you look at it large scale? the pixels are brilliant! ☼]
    Wish my eyes were that green but they’re all sorts of colours. Michael [son] (aged 7 at the time) told me that my eyes looked like mini worlds – blue and brown and green with bits of gold!
    Chookas! X♥X

    – adgray

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarover 6 years ago

    P.S. Alf’s artwork gorgeous!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sally Omar
    Sally Omarover 6 years ago

    Oh, your son gave you such a compliment…I love when eyes sparkle with lots of color and
    there are gold flecks…..

  • I think there was sun in my eyes at the time! lol
    Yep he’s a good boy … all my kids are ☺
    Thank you Sal my friend! ♥

    – adgray

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...over 6 years ago

    wonderful piece, i too have heard of collen mcCulloch loosing her eyesight, but there is a programme for pcs for blind people which type as you talk to it, and reads it back by speaking it back to you too, dawnx

  • I saw a doco on it interviewing her and she finds dictation stifling and can’t create that way! Mind you it was a few years back so I’m not sure if she’s finding a way around it yet! I guess if after she does go blind she has a story burning to get out she may just bight the bullet and get it done however she can! But I know how frustrating it is to try and write with people around you! Not so much their interruptions but you judge yourself harshly and if dictating it will be on every word! you wont want to make mistakes and you don’t want to come across as pedantic and arrogant – so you have to trust the other person completely to be able to write through them! – had we done dictating as part of our education – not taking dictation but giving it – then she could have been more comfortable with it …. hmmmm must remember to include that in my teaching practice – could help people to create even with others about!
    Thanks for that Dawn :O)
    Chookas! ☼♥☼

    – adgray

  • Philosophy Lee
    Philosophy Leeover 6 years ago

    Alyssa… this is a work of art (your writing). It contains good thinking, compassion, and Lovely wording… thank you for getting my ‘thought juices’ flowing this morning! Wonderful!
    Wishing Collen a technological miracle.

  • Philosophy Lee
    Philosophy Leeover 6 years ago

    Oops… Colleen :)

  • Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! I try my best! ☺
    and yes all us McCulloch fans are sending her good thoughts for a miracle! ☼
    Chookas! ♥

    – adgray

  • ienemien
    ienemienover 6 years ago

    Beautiful poem… it touch me, because I love colors and I paint with oilpaint….wonderfull… bye ien

  • Thank you!
    I love the colours you use too! ☼
    I think losing colours would be so sad!
    I remember watching B&W TV and just imagining the colours and when it went to colour TV I was pretty much spot on!
    Chookas! ♥

    – adgray

  • Miri
    Miriover 6 years ago

    oh Alyssa this is wonderful, & inspired by a lovely piece too….you’ve really captured something here x

  • Thanx Bex! ☺
    I saw that eye and thought of so many things and then knew I had to write something to it.
    The fear of losing sight is escalated by my love of colours – to not see colour …. how sad would it be?
    Thank you for reading my words! ♥
    Chookas! ♥

    – adgray

  • shanemcgowan
    shanemcgowanover 6 years ago

    awww tis careful ya got ta be me damsel, I cud be swayed by such a
    fine language from yur lovely lips dear friend with verses like that !!!,
    (luv yer work a colleen,) xoxoxxoxo

  • You sweet talker you! lol ♣
    But sorry your sweet talk shan’t sway me I’m wise to the likes of you! >)
    & I love Colleen’s work too! ☺
    Chookas! ♥

    – adgray

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