To look is an act
that is rarely damaged,
due to its position in the head. When damaged, the occipital lobe
may cause changes in sight and perception. When one side of the
lobe is damaged, sight is lost in both eyes even though only one
side of the occipital lobe says, "I'm looking at what?"
Between dreams, the visage of a potted plant
is dense jungle Ponce de Leon
is hacking through, sweating in heavy armor and funny metal hat, natives
the poison arrow nocked.
Now we have eyes that see through walls, and around
corners; prosthetic eyes that
replace organic vision; magnetic eyes that pry into the machinery
of the brain; lenses that see from
Outer Space down to Earth within a few feet; strong
eyes that look deep into moments of molecular being, and galaxies
until recently unseen.