Blind Man

Jesus Heals the Blind Man

by Davey Morrison Dillard


“Mud in your eye and a beam in theirs.” That’s

what he told me, the much talked-of Stranger,

when I was led to meet him,

stumbling across the unseen jagged terrain which

had long since been made familiar in my

heels’ most battered memory.

I did not understand why he spit into the dust,

why he sullied my already imperfection,

adding blackness unto blackness;

nor, in wonder (or in, perhaps, confusion)

did I question.

And when I washed—I cannot express

how very like a paradox it was,

darkness cleaving unto darkness

until the faintest morning break of light

trickled into my newly rendered


and I had to shut them for the blindingness

of seeing; for the moisture which was entering

and exiting without and within, as one too young

for walls.

And so, I tell you, Whether he be a sinner

or no, I know not: but one thing I know,

That once I was blind and now I see.

Christopher D. Cunningham is the managing editor for Public Square Magazine and contributor to Third Hour. He loves emphatically celebrating the normal healthy development of his sons Albus and Whitman, writing about the Church of Jesus Christ, finding the middle ground on most controversies, and using Western Family generic brand lip balm. Christopher is a proud graduate of Brigham Young University-Idaho, and a resident of San Antonio, Texas.