Can they see?

Before the wind blows
And the drops dry; mind eases
Once again, they smile

Alone in darkness
Of light, they live; can the blind
See the tears they cry?


Shared at OSI, One Shot and Haiku Heights.

Image from HERE


© Leo 18/06/2011

Poetry & writing to me are to me, a breath of fresh air in a life that is sometimes covered by the smoke of sorrow or self doubt. They also become the sweets I share to celebrate when life offers me a reason to. But most of all, they are to me, my life. For each word I write is a piece of my heart, a thought that just had to find its way into the world.

52 thoughts on “Can they see?

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  1. Imagine all that they do see, the sounds, smells and touch that we miss, they see much more than we realize.


    @Christine: So true! 🙂 They do see all that!

  2. Challenging verses / If, what they say is true / The blind can “see” deeper than those who can see / I would say / Yes

    Can the blind see tears?
    If they come from the heart’s depth
    Then yes, they can see


    @Jerry: Ah, when it comes from the heart, the tears can be seen and felt too.. I do hope their senses give them a sense of belonging, it would be sad if they end up lonely I feel!

  3. It’s always said that they lose vision, but their other senses go profound, I can not say for sure if it’s true,
    since never have I been with one, but it’s something I have heard.

    Tears in eyes you see
    don’t pity, for if were true,
    won’t appreciate.

    Just a comment, to your insightful poem.


    @AA: It depends on who sees it I guess. Not everyone pities the blind, a caring hand to wipe it before the wind would be very touching too I feel 🙂 Thanks!

  4. I am awestruck by the images you express here.
    Sensitive and thought provoking.
    Thank you.
    Peace.
    Siggi in Downeast Maine


    @Siggi: Thank you as well 🙂 Glad you liked it and found it thought provoking.

  5. …hits straight to the heart. I love how unpretentious the piece is… you know the simplicity. Bravo. 🙂


    @Deboshree: Thank you 🙂 Yes, I prefer to keep it simple I guess.

  6. Feeling them is always better than seeing…. yes, they do feel tears.. and keep trying to paint happiness with their imagination on the slate of their mind…. your poem touched me Leo…. aren’t we really blessed….


    @Rameshji: Thank you. Yes, they do feel them.. And they do try to paint the joy in their mind I think; just it would be such beautiful if they could see their thoughts, and we could see theirs as well 🙂

  7. This is very touchy.

    But by His grace Leo, no one is so alone. There are many ways to see, even without light. When time comes, He shows ways.

    Thanks for a beautiful post.


    @Harshad: Yes, very true. He would help them with light I think! 🙂

  8. They can’t see but can feel the tears that flow from their blind eyes… Isn’t these thoughts sad?
    But amidst the tears, they can still try to smile…


    @Amity: No, not really completely sad anyways.. Bit thought provoking.. Yep, they do try to smile, and they do it too.

  9. They can at the very least taste the bitterness or joy emanating, depending on the reason . Moving, thought provoking piece.


    @Rekha: Taste the tears? Very thoughtful comment too. Thank you!

  10. /Of light, they live; can the blind
    See the tears they cry?// amazing lines… touching… powerful and beautiful!!!!!
    loved the poem.


    @Raji: Thank you 🙂 I’m glad you loved the power…

  11. What an interesting thought. I think their other senses must take over.


    @Teri: Yes, even I think so.. 🙂 Or maybe they can even see through their other senses!

  12. What a thoughtful poem…they may not be able to see them, but they surely can feel them and even taste them. Perhaps even hear them? Their senses can be much more finely tuned than those of us who see. Thanks for these beautiful words that have given me food for thought!


    @Sweetest in the Gale: Yes, their senses are more tuned I feel too 🙂 Glad you liked it, and that you felt it to be thought provoking.. Thanks!

  13. Beautifully shared. Yet, it is in the descriptions that we share, in the feel of the fingertips as they trace our faces, that yes, they too can see far beyond the simple lines that we do.


    @Reflections: Yes, far far beyond indeed! 🙂

  14. thought provoking. they may not be able to see the tears but sometimes they can see so much more than those who are not physically blind. Peace and blessings 🙂


    @Bendedspoon: Yes, I accept and believe that 🙂 Thanks!

  15. i think they can as they see more with their heart than we who see can…love the image


    @Claudia: Yes, so right in that I think 🙂 Glad you love both poetry and image. Thanks!

  16. Aahh.. very moving indeed, Leo..
    I believe that they can see things much clearer than we ever will be able to! And I find that absolutely admirable!!


    @Kavi: Yes, they can and always will see more clearly than us I guess 🙂

  17. Superb ending. If the question is not rhetorical, then I say while the tears may go unseen, the blind may be more in tune with the feeling of the tears. Great poetry Leo.


    @Adam: Thanks! Yes, you’re right. They might not be able to “see” but they can see other things that we who can see can’t see 🙂 Glad you liked the poem!

  18. Evokes thoughtful response, calls for a pause… wonderfully detailed and creative. :] xx


    @Catie: Glad you liked it and felt it thoughtful and calling for a response!

  19. ok, best one stop I’ve read this week.. nothing more I can say but your words moved me.. movement=great poetry.

    well done..


    @Lynne: Whoa! 🙂 That’s high praise. Thank you. Hope it is worthy of it 😀

  20. Leo, I have missed your words! This is truly a great piece. I want to say the blind are in tune with the tears. However, In my experience the blind choose to be blind. They don’t want to see the tears, acknowledge the tears, or cease the tears.
    I really enjoyed this poem.

    • And I have missed your presence here too, Laura Lynn. You are right, they are in tune with their tears. and if not seen, they can feel it I think! Glad you liked it.

  21. I think that this is done with great sensitivity. Old Raven is done on her comments at Thursdays Rally. Oh dear Leo, I don’t know how to tell you that. If I am doing this inappropriately please let me know. Thanks.

    • If you are done with the eighteen, then you can intimate Jingle. She’ll mark you down as finished with the commenting, Raven. Glad you liked the sensitivity! 🙂

  22. Leo, I’m a new fan of your AMAZING poems. i was just spellbound. u are incredible. wish u cud teach me how to write a proper haiku!!! anyways, i love this one.. its just AWESOME..


    @Kirti: Thank you 🙂 Glad you liked it. Teach you to write a proper haiku? Lol 😀 Sure, will do. You can refer the page “What is a haiku?” at Haiku Heights too.

  23. Moving lines.. Really great poem, I love it! 🙂


    @Keerthy: Thank you 🙂 Glad you love it, and thanks for favoriting my blog in your blogroll!

  24. very moving piece and a superb ending!

    I wonder why I didn’t come here before! yours would be one of those few blogs where I love to frequent to read poems.

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