As a child, she loved to sit and quietly read.
She used to devour books by the dozen.
There were times when people would plead.
Asking her to put down the book and listen.
Whether she read about people or monkeys,
She had this need to complete the book or novel taken up.
To read, she would quickly finish her chores and studies.
She was the president and secretary of the one-person reading club.
The stories allowed her to dream and fantasise.
She could be the best at anything there, you see.
She could literally reach for the skies and fly.
Or be the captain of a ship sailing the seas.
It also provided her an excellent excuse.
For not participating in any sports or games.
She didn’t want to face any catcalls or boos.
She sucked at sport – that was her secret shame.
She never tried to analyse or understand.
Why she could never catch a ball or shoot a hoop.
She just assumed that sports was her no-man’s land.
So she circled herself out of that group.
It was some years later that somebody suggested.
Was she seeing clearly? Was her vision okay?
The results of the eye test subsequently attested.
Her vision was a problem – that is why she could not play.
How was she able to read? you ask.
Her problem was not long sight or short.
She could do reading and writing and other tasks.
She had trouble with shapes of all sorts.
A circle looked like an ellipse.
A square resembled a rectangle.
So, her sports activities were given a miss.
Since her brain received the wrong signals.
When she wore the first pair of prescribed lenses.
It looked as if somebody had cleaned the world of the fuzz and blur.
The world was suddenly clearer – it was so miraculously splendid.
She no longer felt that she was looking through water.
It was no surprise that her ability at games grew better.
Not that she was aiming for the World or Olympic heights.
But now that her vision was sharper,
She could participate to her heart’s delight.
And no, she didn’t give up her first love – reading.
Only her fantasies changed – became more colourful.
She knew that appearances could be misleading.
And that she had the capacity to make her life wonderful.
On thinking deeply, the fact that stands out most of all.
She thought she could never play because she lacked co ordination and skill.
While all the time, her eyes were at fault.
Guess we have to really search hard for an answer that fits the bill.