My father’s developing cataracts at 87.
The doctor gave him drops. Now he
swears he doesn’t need glasses. It’s a
second sight that people his age get.
It doesn’t last too long. I want to ask,
“What will you look at with your one
fresh eye?” If only seeing this way would
let him know me. At night, I dream of
something clear and potent to burn the
film I carry. Today, a scuffle between a
homeless man and a clerk at the drug-
store and I sit in my car thinking, “Is it
our wounds—like the one that grips
me now—that hold our lies open
till our weeping lets us see?