The Other Eye: A Dreampoem

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Sunday December 8, 2013


What seemed silly upon awakening has become an awakening:

There is an eye in my left leg, below the knee.  It bulges out, making walking difficult.  I know it is an eye, because it feels like the one they removed from my right leg last year.  It keeps vigil from the top of my dresser in the bedroom.  I feel both anxious and eager as I await the extraction.  I walk into the pure white lab and climb onto a table.  Technicians sedate me and when I come out of it they hand me the eye, which is entirely unlike the eye on the dresser in the bedroom.  That eye is just an ordinary eye, while the extraordinary nature of this eye dazzles and delights.  It is the Eye of Horus, resplendent in violet and lapis and gold.  I leave the lab carrying the eye in my outstretched hand.


The Other Eye

We get by with
The faithful ordinary eye…
Let that sleeping dog lie!
Why risk exposing
The Other Eye?

Sheathes the sacred eye in a
Safe shroud, away from
Mocking taunts and response-ability,
Deaf to neighbors’ silent pleas to
Restore second-sight
To their first eyes.

Grace intervenes, and
The Other Eye becomes
Too overwhelming to contain.
Integrity replaces fear.
We carry the gift in our
Extended hands,
Inviting.  Challenging.

©  2013   rita h. kowats

8 thoughts on “The Other Eye: A Dreampoem

  1. Rita, my sister, I too have an eye!! Thank you for reminding me so I can bring it out to share my light! This is just wonderful that you reminded me. Peace, Martina


    • Yes. I am deeply grateful for your other eye which becomes more brilliant with passing years. I’ve taken to wearing sunglasses!

      Sent from my Kindle Fire



  2. Thank you for sharing such a lovely and thought-provoking poem. You know what it said to me? A reminder to sometimes move the center of my being down low in my body. To let the knees be eyes on the world. To pause and embrace more Presence in my walk. Thank you for sharing–and for visiting my blog today.


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