Reading The Blue Clerk, (5)

“Verso 2”

Open for a surprise. Look closer for a surprise. Is surprise what we call delight? Or realization? Had I but known cannot be reserved for regret. It opens, also, into wonder. “There it was, if you had looked, says the clerk.” 

On Twitter, someone gets corrective glasses and the trees have leaves. Again. Was I 14 when this happened? When trees reacquired leaves? How had I forgotten that I could see leaves? How had I lost that seeing while claiming to look?

(The left-hand page.)

The feeling of repelling some invasion in order, one day, to be yourself.

And “there it was if I had looked.”

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