The Wind is Blind

“Eyeless, in Gaza, at the mill, with slaves”
Milton’s “Samson.”
       The wind is blind.
The earth sees sun and moon; the height
   Is watch-tower to the dawn; the plain
Shines to the summer; visible light
   Is scattered in the drops of rain.
       The wind is blind.
The flashing billows are aware;
   With open eyes the cities see;
Light leaves the ether, everywhere
   Known to the homing bird and bee.
       The wind is blind,
Is blind alone. How has he hurled
   His ignorant lash, his aimless dart,
His eyeless rush, upon the world,
   Unseeing, to break his unknown heart!
       The wind is blind,
And the sail traps him, and the mill
   Captures him; and he cannot save
His swiftness and his desperate will
   From those blind uses of the slave.

Webpage © 2001 ELC
Lane Core Jr. (
Created April 14, 2001; not revised.