Old Dogs

FOUREYES


nearsightedness
struck with a vengeance
when I was fifteen
and glasses
became a mandatory
wardrobe accessory
though at the time
besides the improved vision
I thought that they lent
some sort of legitimacy
to my youthful
and naive looks

what did I know?

I was
and probably
still am
a geek
glasses
or not

in my twenties
I discovered
the beauty
of self-tinting lenses
allowing automatic shades
on those brighter days
to shield my eyes
from the light
and public
scrutiny

unfortunately
with rounded
wire frames
and dark lenses
I often tended to look
like the demented drunk
I had become
when first
coming back indoors
beyond the influence
of mister
sun

I had never
really considered
giving contacts a try
since I had grown
quite accustomed
to wearing
and hiding behind
those viewing constructs
framing quite nicely
the insane world
into some sort
of acceptable
perspective

later
when laser surgery
became a possible
and common procedure
I still wasn't tempted
to rid myself
of the spectacles
that had become
such an integral part
of my daily persona
and twisted
personality

I would feel
bare-assed
going out
and about
without
them

I have
worn them so long
to the point that
I often forget
I have them on
often blunting fingernails
on the hardened lenses
while attempting to scratch
any itch
near
my
eyes

I admit
they can have
certain drawbacks
bent frames
can sometimes cause
weeks of discomfort
until the proper adjustments
can be made

scratched lenses
are a maddening ordeal
obscuring the normal
field of vision

then
there's not
being able to find
the damn things
when I lay them
in an unfamiliar place
since I can't see
of course
without them
to find
them

however
they do allow
at times
for the added option
of actually viewing
activity behind me
due to reflective qualities
under the right
circumstances

it's good
to know
what's going on
to my rear
except
when I get so
caught up trying to see
what's happening behind
that I often
completely forget
to consider what's
directory
ahead

I think
that the best advantage
to my framework vision
is the instant ability
to completely remove it
and soften the sight
of a cold hard world
by blurring reality
into an unfocused
sanctuary
of perception

in fact
I think that
I'll take them off now
and float away
to that kinder
gentler
but very
fuzzy
planet