No Light Only The Darkest Shades - Poem by Royston Allen
No light only the darkest shades.
No colours just blackness pervades.
There's no movement of any kind.
I cannot see for I am blind.
Blind from my very birth was I
and blind I'll be until I die.
Never to see the sun shine bright.
Never to see a picturesque sight.
I’ll never see my fellow man.
Only to touch and never scan.
Condemned to beg for daily bread.
I'll not see less even when I'm dead.
Then I heard an exciting sound.
Jesus Christ was coming around.
The Son of God was passing by.
'Have mercy on me, ' was my cry.
He said 'What do you want from Me? '
'Lord, ' I replied, 'I want to see.'
How He did it I do not know
but He just told me I could go.
Then light entered these eyes of mine
and I could see for the first time.
What manner of man can give sight
to a man who saw only night?
Poet's Notes about The Poem
Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the city, a blind man, Bartimaeus (that is, the Son of Timaeus) , was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout, 'Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! '
Many rebuked him and told him to be quiet, but he shouted all the more, 'Son of David, have mercy on me! '
Jesus stopped and said, 'Call him. So they called to the blind man, 'Cheer up! On your feet! He's calling you.' Throwing his cloak aside, he jumped to his feet and came to Jesus.
'What do you want me to do for you? ' Jesus asked him. The blind man said, 'Rabbi, I want to see.'
'Go, ' said Jesus, 'your faith has healed you.' Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.
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