a blind man knows what his pockets hold
like the backs of his hands,
which he scratches against
denim, reaching in for Kleenex
(right front), wallet (left front)
physicians' folded up instructions
(left rear), receipts (right rear)
no fresh eyes stuck inside my head
could acquaint me more intimately
with the contents of my cargo pants
I recognize each texture at once
like anyone seeking such reassurance
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EYES SEWN SHUT
For their own protection
your eyes must be
Please don't look so worried.
with which the needle will work
will be extreme.
The thinnest thread
imaginable will be woven into
There will be anesthetic
of course, but yes
there may be discomfort too
both during and following
They will be installing
an ingenious system of loops
on both sides, held in tension
with medical tape.
Your nurses will learn
how to undo the fastening strands
for the administration of eye medication
four times a day.
Some clumsy fingers
may be unable to perform
this task efficiently, but another willing
assistant can be found, I have no doubt.
Tears may compromise the tape,
but not the tarsorrhaphy itself
which should last between two and four months.
By then, it is hoped
that your corneas will have started
healing at least, at last.
You may grope and stumble
In the meantime, but it should be worth it.
If you care at all about your eyes
you can do without them.
Now, relax, please.