Anne Leigh Parrish Writer

originally published in Lamplit Underground




The left eye’s pupil is sluggish

I’m not sure how much you can really see

Please cover your right eye

Now your left

And, between the two?


One clear, the other distorted

One gives green only, the

Other, red & green


Like Christmas?


[Each sighs, takes a moment]


Please continue


One eye sees it true

The other, not


I need more information for the refraction




So, what do you see?


On one side, the faces are shifting lines

On the other, they’re

Clear, hard, set


And together?


All normal, all fine


Your eye’s not right

I’d like to dig deeper


It works


As long as you have the other one