Okay, I forgot.
I’m sixty years old,
and I forgot Helen Keller was deaf.
And for a moment, I was confused.
what’s the difference?
It doesn’t change anything,
doesn’t insult anyone,
or disrupt world economics.
It’s actually a compliment.
I didn’t forget Keller’s brilliance,
the way she advocated for blind folks around the world,
her eloquent use of words.
I didn’t forget Keller knew German,
French and Greek, appreciated
the ocean, Socialism, and Beethoven.
Deafness, and blindness
for that matter, were sudden cliffs
Keller navigated throughout her life,
the shocking scenery,
and heartstopping challenges
most people find too distracting
to go on living.
That’s the difference—
Helen Kelller lived.