Emma was her Eyes


(Dedicated to Sheila Hocken, based on her book "Emma and I")


Born only able to make out shapes

and distinguish light from dark.

She found during her teens

even these restrictions became denied to her.

Then at nineteen she took possession

of a beautiful chocolate brown Labrador

Emma who became her eyes.


For ten years she owed the life she could lead

to her highly intelligent guide dog,

during which time she fell in love

and married a lovely sighted man.

Eventually she heard of a physician

who could operate on her eyes.

He explained he could not perform miracles.


But he did!


The day after her op in a hospital room,

her bandages removed, she opened her eyes.

She later described it as being like

a shock wave of incandescent brightness

She was physically struck by brilliance, and vivid colours

such as she had never before imagined,

“As if the sun itself had burst into her brain and body”.

She wept uncontrollably at the shock and the joy;

she had escaped from the infinite black pit.


On the day of her release from hospital,

when at last she had no more need of bandages,

she saw her husband for the first time in her life,

and fell in love with him all over again.

Into the outside world – how blue the sky,

how green the grass – how gorgeous her dog,

who could now retire and live with her as a pet.

Why had no one ever told her how beautiful the world is?

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Fri 19th Oct 2012 04:26

"Emma who became her eyes,"
"and married a lovely sighted man"
"why had no one told her how beautiful the world is."

The magic of this tale beautifully encapsulated in verse.Well done Lynn!

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Wed 11th Jan 2012 13:11

An engaging resume, Lynn, on an excellent subject. Although, how COULD anyone tell her 'how beautiful the world is'? It sure makes the reader think long and carefully.

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Lynn Dye

Fri 6th Jan 2012 15:10

Thank you everyone for your lovely comments. :o)

Isobel, so agree about the unconditional love of a pet. I suppose it may also have helped her that her hubby was not at all bad looking!

Harry, it is indeed a joyful book. I have read it twice but never with dry eyes... :oD

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Harry O'Neill

Wed 4th Jan 2012 20:04

I`ve never read the book either, Lynn, but it`s hard to imagine it being so succinctly rejoiceful as this.
Well done!

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Wed 4th Jan 2012 17:11

It's incredible how an animal can enrich a person's life - and I'm not just talking about the physically disabled. I think it's because they offer unconditional love, which can be very precious when other areas of life are not running so smoothely.

What a lovely recreation of the story, Lynn. I'm glad she managed to fall in love with her husband all over again. It would have made a sad end, if she hadn't.

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winston plowes

Tue 3rd Jan 2012 00:30

Well. I have not read the book. But , Lynn, your powerfull poem has had made a massive impact. Thank you. Win

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Patricia and Stefan Wilde

Mon 2nd Jan 2012 20:53

what a fantastic outcome!

Well written Lynn.
keep it up!

Marks out of ten?


Patricia and Stef.xx

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Dave Bradley

Sun 1st Jan 2012 20:52

I've read this book too, Lynn. It's a powerful true story and this is a good poem to celebrate it.

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