Blindness Poem by Charles Lamb


Rating: 3.4

In a stage-coach, where late I chanced to be,
A little quiet girl my notice caught;
I saw she looked at nothing by the way,
Her mind seemed busy on some childish thought.

I with an old man's courtesy addressed
The child, and called her pretty dark-eyed maid,
And bid her turn those pretty eyes and see
The wide extended prospect. 'Sir,' she said,

'I cannot see the prospect, I am blind.'
Never did tongue of child utter a sound
So mournful, as her words fell on my ear.
Her mother then related how she found

Her child was sightless. On a fine bright day
She saw her lay her needlework aside,
And, as on such occasions mothers will,
For leaving off her work began to chide.

'I'll do it when 'tis daylight, if you please,
I cannot work, mamma, now it is night.'
The sun shone bright upon her when she spoke,
And yet her eyes received no ray of light.

Edgar Stevens 08 June 2015

very interesting poem this is....

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Bernard F. Asuncion 06 February 2017

Thanks for sharing......

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Chinedu Dike 06 February 2017

Dark world the is blind is aptly captured in the piece. Beautiful poem written with insight.

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Rajnish Manga 06 February 2017

Very heart touching indeed. The episode of a blind child expressed with compassion. Thanks. 'I'll do it when 'tis daylight, if you please, And yet her eyes received no ray of light.

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Anil Kumar Panda 06 February 2017

What a touching poem! ! For her the sun would never shine bright. Sad and beautiful poem.10+++

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Me Poet Yeps Poet 10 January 2020

when the eyes have no light when ears have no sound then takes flight the human mind let's go out to find the creatorr you say created us him deaf and me blind

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Blindness of a human being is very unfortunate and this poem tells the story in a correct way.

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Sylvaonyema Uba 06 February 2017

Emotional poem with a pathetic tone. Good work! Sylva-Onyema Uba

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Biplab Singha 06 February 2017

I enjoyed reading. It touched my heart.

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Amar Agarwala 06 February 2017

A nice poem, but somehow seems incomplete.

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