Her Vision



She tried. But still she could not see.

Not the way she should have. Not the way others expected her to. Not how they could. All crisp lines and sharp edges.

There was no focus to her sight. No defined hues.

No boundaries.

No wonder others thought she had no need for any.

She used to think it was her fault. Her eyes a reflection of failure.

She’d seen a doctor since. In secret, but at least this one was hers to hold in confidence.

Her optic nerve had never fully formed.

But her heart, she now knew, saw perfectly.



For Rochelle’s Friday Fictioneers

Photo prompt © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields


43 thoughts on “Her Vision

    • Amen to that, Oneta. At least, we’d rather know who we are and what we’re willing to do, and the price of being ourselves and seeing clearly. I can’t speak for what others would prefer, but I, for one, prefer my experience to what others would dictate for me. And, yes, that does require adjustment, which to me is part of life. Thanks for this comment!


    • Thanks, Rochelle! Glad to participate. I don’t always manage to, but I’m always happy to when I can! 🙂 Yeah, perspective is everything, or at the very least, a lot of what’s necessary! ox Na’ama


  1. She saw the way she saw and that was fine with her because she is who she is and not like everyone else. Knowing why she sees the way she does is justification for others as she really didn’t need it, did she? Lovely write.

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  2. Oh, I could really identify with this one! I had a tiny little stroke in my left eye, an occlusion in the optic nerve that has ruined a small field of vision. When I close my right eye, things I see in my middle vision with the left eye blur. Nothing can be done. So I had complete sympathy for your character when you told us her optic nerve had never developed.

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    • Oh, wow, Linda, yes, these things can change everything, can’t they? And then we have to adapt. Vision stuff is deceptive sometimes, and I’m sorry you had this happen AND I’m glad that it was no worse, and that you seem to manage the changes. I have some wonky vision symptoms (related to migraines, mostly, so they are for the most part transient), and I can sort-of relate, though thankfully nothing wrong with my optic nerve per se, or my eyes for that matter. Just other neural stuff that likes to give them grief once in a while.

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    • Thank you, Bill. Yes, all too often people are made to internalize guilt for things they have no real doing in, and that they are certainly not to be shamed for. Yet are. It takes courage and self-inspection to understand that one can accept their limitations AND accept themselves as good enough.

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