A few new: Tanka 270, 271, 272, 273

You may remember some weeks back I mentioned that I had had eye surgery. Well, things have progressed. The infection in my eyelid is healed as is my surgical incision, but my eyesight has not returned to normal. So, yesterday I visited the hospital again to have a thorough exam to determine why. The good news is that the interior of my eye is healthy. I was relieved by that. Instead, it seems that the infection was a symptom of a larger condition involving my eyelid and its interaction with the cornea. My cornea was damaged and that is what is causing the vision problems.

So, I am beginning treatment to heal the eyelid and the cornea. The exact outcome is not known and the healing process will take months, during which my sight will be impaired to some extent. In the end, though, it’s expected that any problems with my vision can be corrected with new glasses and other therapies. I am very grateful for this news.

I decided today would be eye poem writing time, and I did some poems based on my experiences yesterday. A lot goes on in a big city hospital – plenty of observations for me to take in as I went through my various appointments. Here are a few for you to read.

I kept my eyes closed some of the time to rest them. But I can still see you…or can I? How do you know?

Tanka 270

behind closed eyelids
a pair of green eyes observes
as if by magic
what you did think are thinking
what you will be thinking next


I overheard parts of a long conversation involving among other things this topic.

Tanka 271

Jesus will mend you
the man said to the woman
in the waiting room
of the eye doctor’s office
The doctors here are first-rate.


I pushed hard for some new glasses because I am not liking the vision quality my non-cooperating eyes currently can provide.

Tanka 272

No new glasses now
because your eyes must decide
who they want to be

said the doctor. Impatience
on your part only spooks them


Though there were crowds of people and a lot of commotion going on, the office personnel were unfailingly calm and helpful.

Tanka 273

I appreciate
the courtesy of the man
who says hello first
smiles second and then he checks
ID and medical card


15 thoughts on “A few new: Tanka 270, 271, 272, 273

  1. I am sorry your eye troubles are going to be a long haul thing to deal with but I am glad there is light at the end of the tunnel in that you have a treatment plan and reassurance your vision will eventually be restored. As such a visual person, you must be very frustrated by all of this.

    • Thank you. I am accepting what is happening better now that I have an answer as to why. I’ve known all my life that my eyes would be prone to various problems and I am not surprised. I am really grateful for our world-class eye hospital here because good care makes a true difference. Strangely enough there are some things I don’t notice the deficits much and other things where it’s very disabling (like driving, which I can’t do). I just have to stay focused on doing my best to work with treatments.

  2. I’m so sorry to hear about your eye problems. There seems to be a lot of this going around. I’m glad to hear that the prognosis looks good, but I’m sure it’s very frustrating.
    Kind and helpful office personnel make such a difference in one’s experience.

  3. That courtesy is always welcome.
    It’s hard to be patient when healing is slow. But it seems like there will be a good ending, even if it takes a long time to arrive.
    And closed eyes open your ears to many things I find. (K)

    • Thank you. I have a packed schedule of drops and etc. to do and that keeps me feeling like I am actively making healing happen, which is a good situation for me. And you are right. Close your eyes, or rely less on appearances, and suddenly other things seem to become apparent.

        • Yes, I feel the same way. And this ailment seems like it will be slow to make progress, and that is if the current regimen works and I don’t need to try something else. I have decided to accept my eyesight as it is right now, do my part, and try to think of others things while this all goes on…

  4. So sorry to hear of the ongoing difficulties with your eye and vision. You must be anxious and relieved at the same time, and need a lot of patience. I am thinking of you and wishing you a speedy recovery and resolution to the eye problems. Take care.

    • Thank you. I have a lot of drops and medicines to keep track of and that helps because I feel I am doing something to help my eye heal. And you know what, after a while, you get used to the crazy vision and though I don’t like it, I’m not as disturbed by it as I was – though I guess feeling I am on a path to mending things is certainly helping. Thank you for your good wishes.

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