Double Vision [15 Words or Less]

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Photo: Laura P. Salas

I took this pic over the summer when Randy and I were getting new glasses. The optometrist was measuring…something to do with Randy’s eyes:>)

This image makes me think of several things:

  1. different biases and filters we have when we look at each other
  2. a scientist staring into space, and someTHING staring back!
  3. Viewmasters! (What a blast from my childhood!)

And here’s my first draft.

in your eyes


It’s your turn! Have fun and stick to 15 WORDS OR LESS! (Title doesn’t count toward word count.)







40 Responses

  1. LOL! I love getting new glasses. I always say to the eye glass specialist, “make me pretty.”

    You see
    what she sees?
    He sees?

    They see

    he sees
    what she sees
    You see?

    1. Heehee–I see! I can tell there are going to be tons of playful poems here today. I love it!

    2. Thanks for the chuckle Linda. I bet “make me pretty” brings a variety of responses.

  2. An interesting picture. I have a few pairs of binoculars in the house My grandchildren love looking ar everything through the wrong end and waving at us when they spy us.


    I see
    You see
    Me looking at you
    You see
    I see
    You seeing
    me, too.

    By Donna JT Smith

    1. ha ha! I was thinking along the same lines. I used to LOVE my grandad’s set of binoculars.…the heft of them, the scent of them and the view. Great memory. Thanks!

    2. Binoculars bring back lots of warm memories Donna. I still have some, been through the grands, now beginning another journey with the great-grands.

  3. Timely picture Laura, in so many ways. Our eyes are such a precious gift, a compass with which to guide our life, and I continue to be inspired by those who have never seen as well as those, for whatever reason, lost their sight to disease or accident.

    The “Eyes” Have It

    The eyes of man
    personify a soul
    unique in him
    for a sole purpose.

    1. Love the wordplay of soul/sole, Martha. My dad is losing his vision, but I just wasn’t ready to explore that in a poem yet, I guess, because it didn’t even occur to me to go that direction!

      1. My dad began losing his sight and due to his generation he did the only thing that he thought one could do. Modern medicine was foreign to him. He would say, “just go to the store and get a pair with the next highest strength.” He was legally blind when he died, but he never complained. Oh, the things he might have enjoyed.

        1. Ah, that makes me so sad. I am grateful for modern medicine but cognizant of how many people STILL do not benefit from it. My dad gets treatment (shots in the eye–yikes–and medication), but it’s not curable. Certainly makes me appreciate my own sight, that’s for sure.


    Looking at you looking at me.
    Eye to eye, what do we see?
    Reality? Fantasy?

  5. I liked your galactic spin, Laura, and the reminder of viewmasters.
    I am borrowing a phrase to comment on what we project.

    “Look onto my eyes.”
    Can you see kindness,
    Or just cataracts
    And astigmatism?

  6. I love the playfulness of the image and the other poems, but mine went in a darker direction this morning.


    by our partisan
    we see
    in the same

    1. so true…even between people that are close otherwise. It’s painful!

  7. Laura great picture and poem as usual. Loved your last line “waiting for discovery”. I too was reminded of the view master which inspired my poem. I remember how much I loved that toy.

    View Master for Two

    Next picture;
    what do you see?
    I see my past,
    gazing back at me.

    1. Oh, how I loved that clicking sound. So distinctive. I like “gazing,” which makes your poem feel more reflective and not bouncy.

    2. I can still hear the click. 🙂 What an interesting way to view the Viewmaster.

  8. Love the galaxy/spin/discovery theme in your poem, Laura. This photograph brought me to the last birthday my mom celebrated, and how she beamed while we sang to her with homemade blueberry muffins. Thanks for bringing back a lovely memory!

    Birthday Candles

    the memory of your
    face glowing, eyes gleaming
    as I watched you
    watching me

    1. Buffy, your note made me a bit teary. I could picture this beautiful moment so vividly. Hugs, and thanks for sharing this!

  9. Changing Places

    A trip around the world for me
    A loss of sight
    Just memories

  10. poem By Jessica Bigi

    Seeing The Further

    always wondered
    way my Dr.
    sad I have ex ray vison
    so sorry I read
    my fourteenth cook

    1. I was a little uncertain, but I think I have it. Is that last line “fortune cookie”? If so, ha! X‑ray vision sounds cool but pry would stink. :>)

      1. that is what I meant I don’t reay have that but hereing yes every litties sound from veary far away

    2. Lol! My eye doctor said that too when I was younger — could see through walls!
      I couldn’t read my fortune cookie though! Lol!! Great poem.

    3. This reminds me of when I was in third grade and asked the teacher to sit in front so I could see the board. She called my mother and the next day I had glasses!


      Nearly near,
      farly far,
      I can see you
      wherever you are.

      —Kate Coombs

      1. This feels so sweet, Kate. A trusting feel to it. And love your memory, too. 🙂

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