Does squinting really make things easier to see?
It seems like it should be about as effective
as pushing on the dashboard
to make the car go faster.
And yet as I screw up my face
into wincing wrinkles
the word will sometimes float up
for a split second and I can skim
the essence off the top,
like alphabet soup noodles roiling
in a pot of boiling stock
and if I read fast enought I can
get the gist.
Such is life when the cataracts
are acting up.