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If I Close My Eyes

by Sandy M. Humphrey

If I close my eyes
and do not see
then you cannot see me
For it is said the eyes
are the windows to the soul
Mine has secrets even
I do not care to know

My eyelids and lashes
shall act as blinds
Sheltering me from the outside
world and all who
View the wreckage within
my wrinkled brow would read
Beware Soul Closed For Repair

If I close my eyes
and do not see
then you cannot see me
As a child I would do
just that and pretend
Perhaps I am not really here
or maybe never was there
Yet now I just want time
to allow my soul to mend

If I close my eyes
maybe I can see
My Higher Power that
can restore peace, hope and
Serenity because I finally
understand the events of
the past though they
did effect me they are
Not me, If I close my eyes
I may finally see


Posted on 09/08/2006
Copyright © 2020 Sandy M. Humphrey

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 09/09/06 at 05:13 PM

Beautiful expression Sandy. I especially like the line Beware Soul Closed For Repair and that whole last stanza. What precedes it an excellent buildup.

Posted by Chris Sorrenti on 09/09/06 at 05:16 PM

PS: Have added it to my favourites and suggested it as POTD.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 09/16/06 at 01:32 AM

From pessimism to hope, from despair to trust, from denial to faith. Wonderfully expressed.

Posted by JD Clay on 09/18/06 at 02:46 AM

This is a effective analogy, Sandy, and has a soothing Zenlike quality with reference to all things through no thing.

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 10/08/06 at 01:40 AM

It is always amazing what is behind closed eyes. nicely done Sandy...Charlie

Posted by Susan Q Tomas on 11/08/06 at 02:30 PM

Congratulations on POTD. I very much enjoyed this poem. You have a concept here, that you relay quite simply. It was easy to understand, even for me. I appreciate that. I pray your soul has healed.

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 11/08/06 at 07:49 PM

Hi Sandy. Seems sometimes we must heal from within, before we can "get over ourdelves" and see others clearly. Then to, we shall see ourselves with that better vision. Excellent potd choice! Thanks.

Posted by Charles E Minshall on 11/08/06 at 08:55 PM

Congratulations on poem of the day Sandy. Well deserved.......Charlie

Posted by Joan Serratelli on 03/16/09 at 03:21 PM

I like the concept laid out here. My kid used to think that if she put her blanket over her head, she was inviisable. I can see why this was a POTD- it's wonderfully written and is very thought provoking!

Posted by Glenn Currier on 12/26/09 at 06:23 PM

Thank you for this superb and exceptional poem about your journey - and mine. I love your recovery poems because I do so relate. I must read all of them. The closing of the eyes is such an apt metaphor for so much of my journey. Still I close my eyes to those aspects of reality that are too painful. I sometimes wonder if I will ever be able to really open them and keep them open in a really sustained and penetrating gaze upon the painful and the real. Thanks for your courage in sharing your journey and your gift of making it real to the rest of us. Blessings to you and yours in this holiday season.

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