The Kingdom of the Blind

(For Granddad who first told me the story)

Now listen now to a place unknown,

A place I’ve heard of once,

It sits beyond the Gates Unknown,

Where the one-eyed man is king,

Here live the Ones untouched by Sun,

Who will not lift their heads,

They look so hard for olden days,

And hide most human things,

This is the Kingdom of the Blind,

and so has always been,

And by the door to enter in,

An usher feebly snores,

And with a knock all who could pay,

may check their hearts once more,

Their seats were near the Never Known,

For a show they’d never see,

For everyone but the one-eyed man,

could never see a thing,

But farther up the road a ways a house of shade is found,

A home for lonely fallen ones that’s hidden by the glade,

It’s called the Kingdom of the Blind where the one-eyed man is king,

And though he be but deaf and dumb,

He sees half he can see,

Just as some blind men lead the blind,

The one-eyed man is king.

-Albert Turner Goins

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