This wonderful poem took on even more meaning for me when I learned that Ms. Mueller herself has all but lost her vision after suffering from progressive vision loss for years. How does the physical sense of vision interact with our inner vision and creativity? The degeneration of the senses sometimes becomes a part of the legends of great artists – Beethoven and his hearing loss for example – and sometimes not. Read the full text of “Monet Refuses the Operation” here. A recording of Ms. Mueller reading it can be found here – she has a lovely and soothing voice. Photograph and composition by me. Enjoy!