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An Encounter
by Renee A. Zima

Friday, November 18, 2011
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I live on a Park Reserve frequenting the walking paths. This was an experience.

                           Encounter

 
I encountered a child,
Tracing figures in the snow,
She spoke in monosyllables,
Words I did not know,
 
Her utterances intrigued me,
Nonverbal gestures, I detect,
I gently knelt at her side,
As if to genuflect,
 
Down a familiar path I had ventured,
Through the park without a care,
 I found myself,
Haplessly, somehow, willing to dare . . .
 
I encountered this child,
Off the path in the park
Did she wonder why I too,
Was there in the dark . . .
 
I watched and I listened,
Still words undiscerned,
I chose to remain silent,
Perplexed by what I learned,
 
Her fingers so dexterous,
Soon opened my mind,
That this child was enchanted,
That this child who is blind,
 
Soon welcomed me doubtlessly,
That I should or would not fear
That she could not see me,
Nor could she hear.
 
She opened my senses,
Though blind and unspoken,
I sensed a true rage,
That needed to be broken,
 
She traced another image
This child so young, And so meek
She sought my hand’s touch,
As if she were to speak
 
I struggled, I anguished,
In how I could share,
With no one else around her,
Her life she must bear,
 
This encounter, still enduring
Though it seems like a year
Renders visions
As if 
I could
not see,
Nor hear.

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Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 11/19/2011
A strange encounter. If this is reality where were the adults in her life? If this is fantasy, which I hope that it is, it is filled with human interest and sadness.
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