This morning the light brought company—
a stripey, rollicking thing invading the
floor and spackling one wall with braille
while I considered your invitation
to something that leaped over blindness—
bringing attention to the unseen.

Help me in this time of need where
basic wants eclipse this poet’s
longing—where revelation is shamed
against the can of beans nobody wants
anyway—where impending chaos dwarfs
the certain chorus naming what is basic.

Barbara Regenspan is a recently retired educational philosopher dedicated to social justice-focused education. Her most recent book, Haunting and the Educational Imagination, is an auto-ethnography that is now inspiring poems in place of the theory and practice description she has written in the past. She leads writing workshops through her local library.