naftakin, the blind            
 a student at  the  charcoal guild... his 
 eyes sewn shut from  birth...  the  most 
            successful student            
 but one  day he fell down into a crystal 
 cavern.  it  was deep in the mountain, a 
 great  hall  with  only  a  single  tiny 
 inlet   for   both  light   and  falling 
 in the fall, the  quartz sliced off  the 
 threads in  his  eyes, opening them  for 
 the  first   time.   before   him,   the 
 crystals  mirrored and refracted the one 
 light  smidge into  a  whole night  sky, 
 and   he   was  struck  down  with   awe 
 but also  with shame, because  his  eyes 
 had  seen.  hurriedly,  he  used  thread 
 from  his   robe   to   sew   them  back 
 together, and when help came he did  not 
        tell of his transgression.        
 for  years he studied at  the guild.  he 
 became  a master,  and then  a  pilgrim. 
 yet  the image  from the cave never left 
 at  the  end  of  his life, when at  the 
 edge  of  the world  he opened his  eyes 
 for a second time, stars  had hatched in