the blind man can feel it in
his skin. blue is the softest
to touch, but red rings in
his ears. the rest
sound like
gamma rays to his closed eyes.

on sunday nights, he feels american
sign language singing on the radio.
he’s never been to america.
each symbol resonates like
the taste of alphabets
so familiar to his heart .


Uma Menon is a student and writer from Florida. Her writing has been published by Dark River Review, Rookie Magazine and Borgen Magazine, among others. She is a columnist for Step Up Magazine and a poetry editor for Polyphony Lit. Uma is also a nationally ranked debater and an activist for marginalized groups.