Week 2, Day 5 (later in the day): Through the looking-glass: Me + Donald Revell
As you might have seen from my reading list for this week, I'm going to power through a lot of Donald Revell! Am nearly finished with A Thief of Strings, and it's blowing my clogs off!
And I had to share:
Once, when I was in kindergarten, we had to fill out this little questionnaire that would accompany some kid-art we made. This was probably for open house or something. Anyway, when I got to the field for "eye-color," I turned to the nearest stay-at-home-mom-classroom-volunteer in panic.
"What color are your eyes, Diana?"
"I don't know!" The mom hands me a mirror and told me to look around my pupil. I feel triumphant in my seeing.
"Well, what color are they?"
I reply, "Black!" The mom laughs and tells me to look again. And I'm confused as to why she's laughing because all I see are black inky pools staring back at me from the surface of the mirror.
It was now late; Goethe gave me his dear hand, and I departed.
--Johann Peter Eckermann
What happened? I was one
Gladly suffered the believing I am I.
A cut tree weeps a stream of ants from its wounds.
Not too feet away, sage and verbena thrive
In a cascade of blue differences
Over the lizards and dirt.
La di da. To matter to me,
Time was, a man or woman had to love me.
That was America.
That was a chief concern.
What happened is my eyes have no color.
I love the way a flower steps away
From a dead tree.
Broken glass is alive, too
In the colors. In them, I was a republic.
Meanwhile, the last time I visited JB's parents' house, I found this picture. Even as an adult, I don't truly know what hazel as an eye color really is. And I've looked into JB's eyes many times. Thanks, Wikipedia!