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Eight Eyes

by Chris Sorrenti

If you wore glasses
I wouldn't laugh
quite the contrary
I'd love you all the more
no cruel jabs of four eyes
upon seeing prescription lenses
bring intellectual sophistication
to an already perfect face

No if you wore glasses
I would only admire and envy
the windows to your soul
given a new focus on life
for though these eyes of mine
have so far escaped the optometrist
middle age and the tug of words
have begun to take their toll

So don't be surprised love
if someday you should see me
in a totally different light
a pair of bifocals
sitting snug atop my nose
four eyes aptly complimented
and multiplied into eight

© 2002

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Author's Note:

Posted on 10/18/2006
Copyright © 2024 Chris Sorrenti

Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Gabriel Ricard on 10/18/06 at 02:37 AM

Damn, did I miss good writing like this.

Posted by Gregory O'Neill on 10/18/06 at 03:01 AM

Terrific Chris. The "eyes" definitely have it! Really enjoyed this one.

Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 10/18/06 at 01:56 PM

A romantic, lovely focus on the wearing of glasses. You bring special feelings to ordinary events. Well done.

Posted by Quentin S Clingerman on 10/19/06 at 01:33 AM

Ahhh yes, most of us, if we live long enough, go the route of four eyes and then some! You convey the message with suave sophistication.

Posted by Leslie Ann Eisenberg on 10/19/06 at 02:17 AM

eyes two eyes, what a pair you make! clever read! PK

Posted by David R Spellman on 10/19/06 at 04:40 PM

At first I thought this was going to be some spider poem and then began to imagine having eight eyes. Next I thought about the often cruel comments made as children about those who wore glasses as "four eyes." What a pleasure it was to read it and "see" the perspective you've portrayed and built upon. Glad I did and had my own vision surprisingly corrected!

Posted by Katerina T Nix on 10/21/06 at 11:43 AM

Very sweet poem, Chris. I've never understood why some people are so scared of glasses. I think they make people look really cute... And obviously you gain the right to tell people that your IQ is about 25 points higher than it really is :). Lovely words, Chris. Two enthusiastic thumbs up!

Posted by Kathleen Wilson on 11/16/06 at 02:39 AM

Charmingly playful and insightful! I love the intriguing title, and then the eight line stanzas until the end has 7 plus-- a picture makes eight. I like the plays on numbers the 4's and the "bi" in bifoculs too. And I like the point of it all, put into visual perspective. Yay!

Posted by Alisa Js on 12/18/06 at 09:42 PM

what an absolutely adorable way to say, you love and accept her for who she is, every part...and not how she looks... love the humour mixed in as well.. aloha..;-)

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