Jody Azzouni


We Need Our Eyelashes

Originally published in APA's Newsletter on Philosophy and Medicine 93:1, 1994
Added 4/08/2021
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We Need Our Eyelashes

Poem | Jody's Notes


For without their vigilance,

tears are grimy

and no one will offer a shoulder to cry on.


Blue eyes charm,

even without a face,

as anyone

who has played with marbles

will tell you.

But inflamed eyes

with their hinges clogged open

remind us of zombies.


It’s not entirely the color,

for everyone like to gaze

into a fireplace.


Think of it this way:

the fluttering of red wings over dying wood.


And again,

think of it this way:

the rustle of eyelids

blinking at everything.