We wear blinkers to protect our eyes.
Scarlet flows with a cut.
Savage stories survive out there.
There is a pair of Eskimo socks.
I have had them since I was five or six years old.
Where did these socks come from?
Who made them?
I played with a little girl in the sandpit.
She knew where the socks came from.
She lived with her missionary parents.
She lived with the people who made the socks.
She was brought up in a place where all is white.
I look around at my comfortable home.
I am surrounded by objects coming from other places.
The objects are made by people whose lives I cannot imagine.
I have been thinking about those Eskimo socks recently.
The little girl is long since gone.
She went to India to travel.
It was an eye-opener.
She saw people dying in a street.
Nobody seemed to care.
She cared too much.
She came back home.
She took her life.
I think of the Eskimo socks.
I think of the Eskimo blinkers.
I am glad that I see so little.