First published in January 2021
with failing sight is not
for the faint-hearted. It's a slow business,
first print stutters on the page
and you rub your eyes to no avail.
The optician sells you
stronger spectacles, new driving glasses,
but hedges, signposts and white lines
soon start to merge - reluctantly you give up
your licence and your independence.
into strangers and you apologise
for not recognising them. You can't read labels,
use dried basil instead of parsley, makes for
an interesting soup.
shakes his head, pats you
on the shoulder, says, 'There's nothing more
we can do for you', crosses you off his list
so you're on a steep learning curve
dodgy eyes, poems in bold
and a larger font size as computers
come into their own and you by-pass mirrors,
(not to be recommended for the faint-of-heart).