Let’s praise the eyes –
how they assess and test the size of everything –
note every riffling feather on that wing –
see how the muscles in his throat permit that man to sing.
Let’s praise them more.
Let’s praise their range of strange capacities
to tease, to fool, to school you, make you breathe
a different atmosphere than you had breathed before.
Let’s praise how wide and wise they’d let us be
if we would let our eyes beget
and re-beget the world into the thing it is:a fresh surprise. Let’s praise – let’s raise – our eyes.