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Field of Vision
Kathe L. Palka

Testing Center, Wills Eye Hospital
First one eye patched, then the other,
we stare into machines which gauge
what cannot be regained, measuring
the unknown. Inside their whirs and clicks,
star by star, flashes of an artificial cosmos
appear then disappear within the limits
of sight and beyond. Dark voids form
where light dies unseen,
glimpsed only in visions.
Within my mindís eye the lost edges
of a hundred crimson sunsets take shape,
a fawn stands just off the highway
on a late summer drive,
an old friend winks from the corner
of a crowded room, and somewhere
near the border of a gray December garden,
a small statue of Pan plays the flute.
From Miracle of the Wine (Grayson Books, 2012).
Used here with the authorís permission.



 Kathe L. Palka's latest book of free verse, Miracle of the Wine: New and Selected Poems, was released in October of 2012 from Grayson Books. She is an active member of the U.S. 1 Poets' Cooperative. Kathe also writes in the Japanese forms of haiku and tanka and won a Snapshot Press 2011 eChapbook Award for her short tanka collection, As the Years Pass. Together with Peter Newton, she is a lead editor for the online micro poetry journal, Kathe lives near Flemington, New Jersey, with her husband, their two sons, and her beloved German Shepherd, Jetta. An avid gardener, she enjoys wandering the parklands of her native state whenever time permits. Learn more about her at, at her Haiku Foundation webpage or from her recent Poet's Profile here on YDP.






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wendy morton:
She makes the ordinary, extraordinary in the blink of an eye.
Posted 12/04/2012 04:12 PM
Wilda Morris:
Posted 12/04/2012 10:24 AM
I am scheduled for this test next week, and have always found it both annoying and anxiety-provoking. This time I'll try to think of this lovely poem and perhaps be more relaxed. Thanks, Kathe!
Posted 12/04/2012 09:22 AM
Beautiful and poignant!
Posted 12/04/2012 07:54 AM
Glen Sorestad:
Loved it, Kathe. I especially lik that notion of the artificial cosmos within those whirs and clicks of the machine.
Posted 12/04/2012 07:39 AM
Lovely images, Katha!
Posted 12/04/2012 07:09 AM

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