Traveller with Limited Vision

She makes her way, unafraid

a square white sign taped to her metal walker,

trusting that those who head in her direction

will honour safe passage.

Amid the roar of the rough ocean

a flock of geese fly overhead as she walks,

shuffling through nature’s discarded treasure

the warmth of the sun upon her smiling face.

We have met once or twice before

beneath dusk’s dark mantle,

down by the lagoon that isn’t lost,

watching a plush beaver kit foraging in the wet grass

leaving me forever astonished at how freely she lives,

inspiring me, reminding me, to do the same

with eyes wide open.

An autumn view of the city (Vancouver, B.C.) near Coal Harbour and Lost Lagoon.

 

 

 

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About anotetohuguette

I'm currently blogging from the beautiful West Coast city of Vancouver, British Columbia - a vibrant city by the sea, surrounded by mountains and a very unique urban forest.
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39 Responses to Traveller with Limited Vision

  1. Quirky Girl says:

    Most people have to make a conscious effort to live freely… how ironic is that?

    Your imagery is lovely, as always. As is that stunning autumn scene!

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  2. sandraleigh108 says:

    Beautiful, Kim!

    I hope you are feeling better from the cold!

    xo Sandra

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  3. ugetse says:

    Love the phrase “ beneath dusk,s dark mantle down by lagoon that isn’t lost “. You are a real writer.

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  4. markmkane says:

    Kimberlee, you never cease to amaze me with your artistry of words. I’m always amazed at how you tie in nature with such vivid imagery. Just once I’d like to see how your mind unravels these experiences and transpose them onto paper with your choice of words.

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    • I’m a lifelong reader & started to write at a very young age…I’ve always written on my travels and lately (because of the practice of posting most weeks) find inspiration all around me so have to carry a small notebook with me…thank you (always!) for leaving such lovely, thoughtful words!

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  5. I like the poem itself, but since the title came first I was confused; I thought it was about the character in the poem instead of the narrator. I eventually figured it out of course, but if I was an editor considering publishing it, I would have asked you for permission to put the title at the bottom of the poem as if the narrator was signing a letter.

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    • Shirley says:

      Actually nothing to do with the narrator, could be about me, her Mom struggling trying to work hard to lay the metal appendage down, and be free again. We live in an area where the walker is very prevalent keeping us moving, living, and enjoying. It is about all of us, collectively, striving to be who we were.

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      • Thank you, Mom! It’s true, in our small corner of the world, people using walkers are keeping stride with those of us who don’t…soon you’ll be walking on your own again, thank goodness you’re not afraid to seek out its help when you need to!

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    • Hey, thank you so much for stopping by & commenting, I really appreciate your feedback…the idea that both the character and narrator could be the same person is intriguing, however, I’m not a traveller with limited vision in the literal sense but perhaps in another sense…we all wander our worlds with limited vision in one way or another, I believe!

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  6. Robin says:

    This is so beautiful. I love the way you painted a picture with words. Your city looks quite beautiful in the autumn. Wonderful image. 🙂

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  7. Stunning, Kim. A wonderful reminder that all we have to do is open our eyes to see the beauty all around us. Beauty often is found in unexpected places. 🙂

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  8. You certainly live with eyes wide open Kim. You share such beautiful images with your readers. Please say hello from me to your mum. 🌼

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  9. Miriam says:

    What inspiring imagery you weave with your lovely words. I always feel as though I’ve taken a stroll through your world when I visit you Kim. Beautiful.

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  10. Your words create the perfect imagery as does that beautiful autumn picture.

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  11. Rachel McKee says:

    I feel like I’m walking with you and sharing your experience. Beautiful.

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  12. Thank you for sharing your heart and talent….I would love a whole book series!!! 🙂

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  13. michnavs says:

    I always am in awe at how you perfectly weave together nature and poetry..your gift of words is also extraordinary..

    And the imagery..its so clear…i can see it through my mind..

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  14. Ali Grimshaw says:

    Great poem. I especially like the ending, “Leaving me forever astonished at how freely she lives,
    inspiring me, reminding me, to do the same with eyes wide open.” Beautifully inspiring.

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