Wondering wanderer

Written by: Elly Wouterse

a sloppy stranger
seated on  a stack of yesterday’s news

her cloth washed out 
her sunglasses broken
her  cotton bags bulged 

she holds a piece of plastic 
with written words

I am blind
Please help

in her other hand
her  worn cap
with a few coins 

I asked this blind beggar
why she didn't speak

she dropped her cap with coins 
and her plastic sign

she told me
she had become deaf
for the people
who did not listen

while she was typing
on the touch screen
of her mobile phone 
she turned her piece of plastic
and I read 
my mission: 
asking you 
now who is really blind
and who has a kind vision 

©Ellie Daphne van Stralen 2012