Forging ahead with fictional endeavours: ~ Write a life on a page and hurry not to its grave; abhor not the coming age, for eternal is the next page. ~ Read what you will, I hope you will enjoy reading as much as I do writing.

Caged Empathy

dragonAfter nearly 2000 words of non-creative writing I finally managed to get the creativity center of my brain working again.  All that writing was not wasted! I now have an Author’s page published.  I wrote a post on character development. Now I’ve combined prompts from Red Lettering and Kristy Simpson’s Saturday Six to create a poem. All in all it’s been a productive day.  Though, as usual I’m not certain about the quality of the poem, I never am with poetry.

“What does a blind person see?”

I have worked with the Royal National Institute for the Blind in the past. I am very aware of just how difficult their day to day lives are. They rely on hearing, tastes, touch and smell to get by.  However, our language is very visual.  This makes it very difficult to communicate the fashion in which the blind ‘see’. Still I’ve made an attempt. 🙂

Caged Empathy

The sharp teeth,

the massive maw,

each and every taloned claw,

the razor wings,

the muscular limbs

smoke, fire and animal whims.

Fierceness of appearance lost

on one who could not see.

Fearless was he who could not foresee

his ignorance would free the dragon.

Pungent scents in the air

more sulphur than a dragons lair

sweet rot of poisoned flesh

smells of blood, dung and floral mesh

Cold triangular scales

warped, scarred,

close to entrails.

Jagged flesh

torn, slick feels fresh.

Some deep gouges

Some rubbed

by cold, rings.

The blind can not see,

but sensations felt,

and keening heard

gave rise to empathy

Quick fingers worked cold metal

keen tactile sense felt every groove

the blind man kindness could prove fatal

as he worked the abused beast free.


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