a pair of eyes

One day a pair of eyes went out for a walk. (The eyes are named V. for the sake of this story’s grammatical simplicity, even though it’s unusual for eyes to have a name.) While walking in the city, V. quickly grew tired due to overstimulation. Seeking respite, V. traveled to the country and found a lake. V. jumped in the lake and floated around with delight until a few fishermen arrived and began casting their lines a little too close for comfort. Vexed by this intrusion, V. left the lake and crossed the border into the northern territories. On an uninhabited island off the coast, V. built a tiny shelter with an adjacent pool for rehydration purposes. For several weeks V. enjoyed looking at the trees and the water on all sides of the island. At night, V. climbed a hill at the center of the island to study the constellations and ponder the distant, blinking lights of civilization on the mainland. Over time, though, V. grew tired of all this input with no corresponding output. After returning to the mainland, V. signed up to volunteer at the organ bank. Soon V. was seeing for someone who had never seen before, and everything made more sense.

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  1. thank you, this made me laugh !
    ( I can’t help but think of a series, perhaps a pair of ears next ?)

    • I’m glad you got a laugh out of it. A series hadn’t occurred to me, but that is a fine idea. I’ll do some thinking on it.

  2. I really enjoyed this! A great little piece. A nice ending too. I can imagine you reading this to an audience. If only I used my eyes more. Thanks for the read.

  3. Bill

     /  February 3, 2019




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