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Behind Our Eyes: A Second Look

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Behind Our Eyes: A Second Look

The second literary anthology of Stories, Poems and Essays by Writers with Disabilities.

Editor: Kate Chamberlin, B.S., M.A.

ISBN: 978-1490304472

Copyright© 2013 Behind Our Eyes, Inc.

Available on Amazon.com in paperback and kindle formats.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Dedication …………………………………………………………………… iii

Acknowledgements ………………………………………………………. iv

Introduction …………………………………………………………………. xiii

PART I: ECHOES OF CHANGE

Banging the Drum Loudly, Memoir ……………………………… 1

By Peter Altschul

The Willows Weep, Memoir ……………………………………….. 4

By Myrna E. Badgerow

Now and Then, Sonnet ……………………………………………….. 7

By Myrna E. Badgerow

The Art of Dying, Memoir ………………………………………….. 8

By Bonnie Blose

A Long Way From Home, Memoir ………………………………. 13

By Phyllis Staton Campbell

Wonders of Womanhood, Free Verse ……………………………. 21

By Marsha Gaide

The Little Window, Memoir ………………………………………… 21

By Tara Arlene Innmon

The Afternoon I Caused My Own Abduction, Memoir ……. 27

By Barbara Mattson

Stars In My Eyes, Free Verse ………………………………………. 30

By Valerie Moreno

A Different Kind of Healing, Memoir …………………………… 31

By DeAnna Quietwater Noriega

Grandma, Memoir ……………………………………………………… 34

By Michael Price

Best Friends, Memoir …………………………………………………. 43

By Rebecca Shields

Strength Through Stitches, Memoir ……………………………… 50

By Rebecca Shields

A Noteworthy Friendship, Memoir ………………………………. 54

By Rhonda T. Spear

Mother And Child Reunion, Memoir ……………………………. 57

By Terri Winaught

PART II: SEASONS AND CELEBRATIONS

Nobody Ever Asks Me About My Mother, Memoir ………… 61

By Bonnie Blose

The Empty Nest Halloween, Memoir …………………………… 65

By Kate Chamberlin

Buddies and Pals Nursery School, Memoir …………………… 67

By Kate Chamberlin

Rubik’s Cube, Memoir ……………………………………………….. 70

By Caitlin Hernandez

A Journey of a Thousand Miles, Memoir ………………………. 73

By Shawn Jacobson

A Simple Pleasure, Fiction ………………………………………….. 78

By Bobbi LaChance

Reflection, A Love Story, Fiction ………………………………… 82

By Bobbi LaChance

Eclipse – Hands Folded in Prayer, Free Verse ………………… 89

By Lynda Lambert

Family Feast, Memoir ………………………………………………… 91

By Deon Lyons

The Other Side of the Glass Wall, Memoir ……………………. 95

By Deon Lyons

Egg Cream, Please, Memoir ……………………………………….. 98

By Valerie Moreno

Marshmallow Peeps, Memoir ……………………………………… 99

By DeAnna Quietwater Noriega

The Box on the Porch, Memoir ……………………………………. 101

By Ed Potter

YOM KIPPUR, Cinquain ……………………………………………. 102

By William Preston

Stealing Yeses, Free Verse …………………………………………… 103

By Nancy Scott

Heaven on Earth, Free Verse ……………………………………….. 104

By Sherry Taylor

Christmas Magic, Fiction ……………………………………………. 104

By Sherry Taylor

Birds of Noël, Memoir ……………………………………………….. 111

By Judith E. Vido

PART III: IS IT POSSIBLE?

Sweet Music, Fiction …………………………………………………. 114

By Myrna Badgerow

The Nicest Little Friend, Fiction ………………………………….. 116

By Nicole Bissett

Terms and Conditions, Fiction …………………………………….. 123

By Manny Colver

Probabilities, Fiction ………………………………………………….. 129

By Manny Colver

A Dotty Encounter, Fiction …………………………………………. 134

By Ellen Fritz

The Reality of Rejection, Fiction …………………………………. 141

By Shawn Jacobson

Audioscape, Flash Fiction …………………………………………… 144

By Nancy Lynn

Hold Me Down, Sci-Fiction ……………………………………….. 145

By Traci McDonald

Would you?, Non-Fiction ……………………………………………. 149

By Christine Malec

I Call on the Spirit of John Milton, Free Verse ………………. 153

New Life, Departure Island, 2099, Fiction …………………….. 154

By Marilyn Brandt Smith

Chandler’s Curse, Fiction …………………………………………… 158

By John Wesley Smith

‘This Ball is Outta Here!’, Fiction ……………………………….. 167

By Lillian Way

The Advntures of Mckaitma and Jacob, Fiction …………….. 171

By Tyler Zahnke

PART IV: FUR AND FEATHERS

Kicked by a Camel, Kissed by Two Dolphins, Memoir ….. 174

By Peter Altschul

My Little Neutrino, Non-Fiction ………………………………….. 177

By Bruce Atchison

One May Morning, Poetry ………………………………………….. 180

By Lauren R. Casey

Witnesses, Fiction ……………………………………………………… 181

Border Patrol, Fiction …………………………………………………. 189

By Donna Grahmann

Dependable Pal: A Pony’s Tale, Fiction ………………………… 191

By Donna Grahmann

From The Old Crow’s Nest, Fiction ……………………………… 199

By Ernest A. Jones

My Kitchen Guests, Couplets ……………………………………… 204

By Bobbi LaChance

It’s Not the Cat that Has Nine Lives, Pantoum ………………. 205

By Mary-Jo Lord

Blind Cat’s Bluff, Non-Fiction …………………………………….. 206

By Valerie Moreno

Sharing Your Gifts, Fiction …………………………………………. 208

By DeAnna Quietwater Noriega

Loving Amber Eyes, Free Verse ………………………………….. 210

By DeAnna Quietwater Noriega

Irreproducible, Memoir ………………………………………………. 211

By Aly Parsons

Her Spirit Guide, Non-Fiction …………………………………….. 214

By Eve Sanchez

Occupying Aging: Delights, Disabilities and Daily Life …. 216

By Katherine Schneider

A Precious Memory, Memoir ………………………………………. 218

By Frances Strong

Omen From My Totem, Free Verse ……………………………… 221

By Leonard Tuchyner

Maddie’s Love of Music, Memoir ……………………………….. 222

By Judith E. Vido

PART V: POTPOURRI OF POETRY

Longing, Free Verse …………………………………………………… 225

By Norma Boge

Wedding Vows, Free Verse ………………………………………….. 225

By Jimmy Burns

Come, Free Verse ………………………………………………………. 226

By Elisa Busch

Cat and Dog, Nonet …………………………………………………… 227

By Kate Chamberlin

Spring/Winter, Acrostic ………………………………………………. 228

By Elizabeth Fiorite

Inevitable Circle, Free Verse ……………………………………….. 229

By Ellen Fritz

C.P., Couplets ……………………………………………………………. 230

By Heather Herschap

Safe Harbors, Rhyming Quatrain …………………………………. 230

By Gottlieb, Grahmann, Leschak, Strange

More Than Books, Free Verse ……………………………………… 231

By Robert Kingett

For My Mother at Eighty, Villanelle …………………………….. 233

By Lynda J. Lambert

How to Treat My Heart At High Tide, Free Verse ………….. 234

By Mary-Jo Lord

Match, Free Verse ……………………………………………………… 235

By Mary-Jo Lord

In Dreams, Cinquain ………………………………………………….. 235

By Nancy Lynn

Hyacinths of the Midwest, Acrostic ……………………………… 236

By Alice Jane-Marie Massa

The Gift, Free Verse …………………………………………………… 236

By Wendy Phillips

Cochlear Implant, Free Verse ………………………………………. 238

By William Preston

Writing About Eating In Amherst, Couplets ………………….. 238

By William Preston

Oxygen, Free Verse ……………………………………………………. 239

By Sally Rosenthal

While Walking Home, Free Verse ………………………………… 239

By Abbie Johnson Taylor

Awaiting the Return of the Better Half, Free Verse …………. 240

By Abbie Johnson Taylor

Blind? Deaf?, Free Verse …………………………………………….. 241

By Leonard Tuchyner

PART VI: WHOSE VISION?

A Prickly Tree, Memoir ………………………………………………. 243

By Robert Feinstein

Just To Know, Free Verse ……………………………………………. 246

By Caitlin Hernandez

What I See, Memoir …………………………………………………… 247

By David Kingsbury

Wind’s Door, Free Verse …………………………………………….. 254

By Ria Meade

Trouble’s in Town, Memoir ………………………………………… 255

By Ed Potter

Burdocks, Memoir …………………………………………………….. 256

By Janet Schmidt

Hearing the Sunrise, Free Verse …………………………………… 263

By Nancy Scott

The Light Beyond the Dark, Non-Fiction ……………………… 263

By Rhonda T. Spear

Triathlon, Memoir ……………………………………………………… 267

By Nancy Stevens

Reading Blind, Free Verse ………………………………………….. 271

By Cheryl Wade

PART VII: TOO CLOSE TO THE EDGE

Snapshots of Life After Abuse, Memoir ……………………….. 272

By Nicole Bissett

Ruby’s Gift of Prayer, Fiction ……………………………………… 278

By Elisa Busch

Trust, Memoir …………………………………………………………… 284

By Robert Feinstein

One Case from the Files, Creative Non-Fiction ……………… 290

By Elizabeth Fiorite

Special Class: A Journey in Mainstreaming, Memoir ……… 294

By Donna W. Hill

A Night at the Totem Bowl, Memoir ……………………………. 300

By Shawn Jacobson

Three Weeks to Live, Memoir ……………………………………… 305

By Ernest A. Jones

Torn By Peace, Memoir ……………………………………………… 311

By Traci McDonald

Unbroken, Free Verse ………………………………………………… 315

By Traci McDonald

Darkness, Memoir ……………………………………………………… 316

Mysterious Encounter, Memoir …………………………………… 320

The One I Love, Free Verse ………………………………………… 322

By Michelle Sipe

Narrow Escape, Memoir …………………………………………….. 323

By Marilyn Brandt Smith

When a New Day Dawns, Memoir ………………………………. 327

By Terri Winaught

PART VIII: CONTRIBUTORS’ BIOGRAPHIES …………….. 331