Beauty in Nature

 Enjoy the sensory beauty of the world we live in as Helen Keller did.

helen keller

Helen Keller had an acute sense of smell. She loved being in nature and the fragrance of flowers. One scent she was particularly fond of was the fresh scent of eucalyptus leaves

I who am blind can give one
hint to those who see
one admonition to those who
would make full use of the gift of sight.

Use your eyes as if tomorrow
you would be stricken blind
and the same method can
be applied to the other senses.

Hear the music of voices
the song of a bird
the mighty strains of an orchestra
as if you would be stricken deaf tomorrow.

Touch each object you want to touch
as if tomorrow your tactile sense would fail.

Smell the perfume of flowers
taste with relish each morsel
as if tomorrow you could
never smell and taste again.

Make the most of every sense
glory in all the facets of pleasure and beauty
which the world reveals to you through
the several means of contact which Nature provides.

 

Note: This is an entry from The Open Door – Helen Keller  and not a poem.
Source: AFB: American Foundation for the Blind

 

 

Blindness ~ A Parable

A city is hit by an epidemic of “white blindness” that spares no one.   
Blindness
 
As Blindness reclaims the age-old story of a plague, it evokes the vivid and trembling horrors of the twentieth century, leaving readers with a powerful vision of the human spirit that’s bound both by weakness and exhilarating strength. 
Blindness by José Saramago, a Nobel Prize–winning author,  a magnificent, mesmerizing parable of loss. 
Photo Credits:  New Yorker Magazine
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