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Imagine your life, like a light,
Having a parent with no sight,
And at a young age, you'll know your own way home.
To guide and to see,
Your life would soon be,
And your life getting less and less bright.

Friends making jokes,
About the non-seeing folks,
And you sit in your seat, in tears.
Trying to lend you a hand,
They just don't understand,
That the pain comes from words they spoke.

Though instead, think of whose life must suffer,
Images growing much rougher,
And they can't see their child's own face.
With bumped and bruised knees,
From such, normally, avoidable injuries,
Their skin and bones simply tougher.

The colors of anything, even the color of your eye,
Or maybe those boring old birds in the sky,
Your parent can't experience at all.
While you partially hope the trait isn't genetic,
Your heart is feeling quite sympathetic,
For the one you love, who suffers, never having hurt a fly.
And then....that's when you ask, why?
Okay, I'm going to just now that this story is based on my life. My father is suffering from retinitis pigmentosa, a terrible disease that gradually destroys your vision. I was feeling all authorly today and wrote this up. But just think about this with me.

Imagine what it's like to have a father that can't see. One day you came home to find your father stumbling around, and a sudden shock of responsibility was thrown onto your shoulders. Simple things you don't even think of; reading a paper, finding a door, turning off a light, it all requires your sight to even get around. The worst part is when people make jokes about blind people in school, it brings me to tears sometimes. Now look from my perspective: 

Imagine what it's like to have a father that can see. Your father who's been blind for your entire life can suddenly look into your eyes, can see what you look like. It'd be like every miracle on Earth was given to you all at the same time, like every birthday and holiday all in one moment. You could do things together, go places, drive, SEE things.

Now, every single one of you, just think about that.
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apocalyptic-thereom Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist

  Shit, Cat. I. . . I mean we did joke about it a couple of times. . . I just didn't think of it as a possibility of happening to you. And all that responsibility, Cat, . . . I don't know what to say. God this is shit, but I just want you to know that I read it and. . . damn, I don't want to call it pity. Because it's the pity giver who feels better and the one who gets the pity still feels the same and-- damn. I never had that close of a relationship with my dad, but he always told me: "You looked pretty on stage, Ar." "You want me to teach you some notes on the guitar?" "Wanna' go out to the park, I'll teach you ho to longboard?"

 I-- this is shit and. . .

 

 I'm sorry, Cat. I don't know what for or why, but you've got a lot on your shoulders and you can still keep smiling brightly and being happy and being there for other people when they should be there for you and you're. . . just nothing but you. You're strong, Blondie, really are strong. just felt like I should say that.

 

 Always here if you need to talk, about anything(and fandom, of course).

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Noru-kinz Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thanks, Ari~ I really appreciate it. I mean, don't get me wrong, my life is massively stressful and I take a lot of the work for my parents, but I can normally hold up and keep it decent~ I know it's not pity, but yea. And the things your dad told you are good, it's nice.

Don't worry about it. I honestly don't mind managing the load that I take, it's when people don't care or bother to try and help that bother me. Like, for example, a couple weeks in class Eric Selva made a joke about blind people. (he's my friend, don't worry, he just doesn't know my situation) A couple minutes later he saw me just sitting there all quiet and sad, and he made a joke of how I'm always all happy and stuff and how I should stop randomly changing my mood for no reason. He asked why, and I said that sometimes I just have to break the wall. I think you can understand what that means.

Thanks, I'll keep you up to date with anything~ (duuuhhhhh XD) :iconsweethugplz:
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Kokorococoa Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
This is soo sad. It's awful when people make fun of people for who they are.
Crying 
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Noru-kinz Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Thank you, I'm glad you got my message :raincloud: The worst part is when it happens so often, that people just get used to it. I know how you feel~ :huggle:
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Nato4 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
My mom is 97% blind on both eyes. She had Glaucoma and she also has a muscle disease. Poor thing and yours. I can relate. Btw when you type, is a little too small. Sorry if I complained, I kinda have vision problems. ._.
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Noru-kinz Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Oh, I'm sorry! Do you know how much longer she'll be able to see? (not meaning to intrude) I know how you feel.

And sorry~! I do that automatically for my settings, I didn't realize~ ^^;
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Nato4 Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Hobbyist Artist
I'm not sure sadly.
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ShuyinTheEnigmatic Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student Writer
You know, I never really thought about it too much.  Now that I think about it, I'm quite thankful that my folks are still able to see and all.

Well done on this poem, too.
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Noru-kinz Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student Digital Artist
It's good that your parents can see! I just made this because I wanted people to think about it and understand~ Thank you >u<
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ShuyinTheEnigmatic Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2014  Student Writer
Welcome, ^_^  I think my life would've been drastically different if they'd been blind from the beginning...  It's just frightening to think about.
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