Edwina Reizer

(12/22/1937 / LAKEWOOD, NJ)

A BALLAD FOR HELEN KELLER


How can I know what I can't see?
It's never been a part of me.

How can I know what I can't hear?
It's never been within my ear.

How can I know what I can't say?
It's never been my way to pray.

For all is darkness where I am.
And all is soundless where I am.
All is speechless like a clam.
But touching is a joy to me,
feeling all that I cannot see.

I feel the sounds my heart does beat.
And tastes on my tongue so sweet.
It's how my world began
until an angel came my way
and helped to lift a ban.

And now it matters not to me
what I can't say or hear or see.
The angel helped me find my way
to face another brand new day
and finally want to live.

Submitted: Friday, April 16, 2010

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  • Robin Bennett (7/20/2012 12:12:00 PM)

    this is so lovely! What a beautiful piece, written with such grace. Your word choices were excellent and the way you formatted the poem worked perfectly. The beginning couplets set the stage for just a masterful write. This is going on my favorites list. Much enjoyed! (Report) Reply

  • Juan Olivarez (5/7/2010 2:46:00 PM)

    I thought that poetry was dead. Of all i have found on this web-site you are the only one i can truly read and appreciate. (Report) Reply

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