Means waterfall
Shadowy, opaqueness, cloudy
An artist worst enemy

Precious sense
Appreciating, enlightening, illuminating
Clearing cataracts’ opaque veil


The word “Cataract” derives from the Latin “cataracta” meaning “waterfall”.

My 90+ yr. mom, who is an artist and lives totally independent, had her first cataract surgery this week. While waiting for the ophthalmologist to complete the procedure in the worst eye, I started thinking … what exactly could she see with cataracts?

After researching a little, I am astounded she managed to thrive these past few years with cataracts in each eye, as well as amazed she has continued to paint and drive short distances without missing a beat. She recently won a ribbon for her artwork; her work hung in the local art gallery as “Artist of the Month” in April 2011.

To me, it resembles looking through “Vaseline®” (petroleum jelly)!

Image 1
Image 2

© rgb for “On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea”, 2011


Week 43 – Freestyle

About becca givens

Becca is an artist, poet, and animal communicator. She delights in cooking, nurturing, and sharing a rich spiritual life with others on the Path.
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29 Responses to Cataracts

  1. Iris D says:

    Since I am a visual learner, I am doubly grateful for eyesight. Your poem stopped us to give thanks for the gift of vision. Thanks. I did not know cataract meant waterfall. Incredible.


  2. Paul says:

    I’m not yet sure what “waterfalls” means in this context, but for some reason I still know it fits well here. I’ll have to think about it 🙂


  3. aynsley7 says:

    Wow. For someone who has never had cataracts, you have really given me a new experience, “opened my eyes,” so to speak.


  4. I hope your mom’s surgery went well. This poem and your photos really hit home how grateful we should be for our eyesight. Thank you! xx


  5. Emily Jane says:

    Becca, so nice, yet again. Simple and powerful all at one.


  6. trisha says:

    cataracts can be really frustrating. hope your mom is completely healed now.

    loved the poem.


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  8. lolamouse says:

    It’s always amazing what people can deal with and not always realize it until it is corrected! I remember when I first got glasses in third grade and was amazed that I could see individual leaves on the trees and not just a green blur! I thought everyone saw what I did. Hope your mom continues to do well make art.


  9. seabell says:

    I can only imagine how hard must have been. I was reading and also remembering all the artists facing sensorial problems… I hope your mum improves very fast.


  10. Hooray for you mum and may she inspire for many years to come!


  11. Jingle says:

    bless your mom.
    Happy Mothers day, what a divine tribe.
    you rock.


  12. What a powerful post! As soon as I read the first word, my thoughts immediately split into waterfalls and eyesight..wondering. As I read each word and written image that followed, I realized you were able to capture my thoughts before they were born. Nicely done that! 🙂


  13. Hi Becca,
    Wow! I love what you have done here. The way the words flow with the picture is enlightening. I had not thought of cataracts in that way before.


    • Becca Givens says:

      Shanae – thank you for leaving a comment. I almost didn’t post this … but my muse kept nudging me … now I am happy to bring an increased awareness to this condition … it impresses upon me the preciousness of sight and the obstacles it presents to those who have cataracts!


  14. souldipper says:

    My sister just underwent two cataract operations. I sent her a link to your blog – then looked in my Inbox to find she’d sent a description of all she’s been missing. Thanks for giving me an understanding that I didn’t have before. And I fuss over dirty glasses!!


    • Becca Givens says:

      I didn’t realize the severity of it until I started investigating … it is amazing!! Thank you for visiting and thinking enough of it to forward to your sister! Here’s to her new improved world of wonder and sight!! Bravo!!


  15. what a perfect image for cataracts – clouded by falling water, and good timing too. Tonight on the news they reported a new use for a cancer drug that when injected into the eye, cures macular degeneration 100% – something they couldn’t do before. Cataracts can be cured by replacement, but maybe one day, that won’t be necessary either.


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