When you’re passing these faces…
Do you take a second to stare?
Do you look on the surface?
Or deep within them through that swift glare
Do you try to avoid contact?
So maybe they wouldn’t see
What you’re trying to hide internally
Have you thought for a second
Why you might shield your own
Whether avoiding eye connections
Or setting eyes of stone
For you see, looking someone in the eyes
Is not nearly enough to make you realize
Feelings they may have inside
Their breathing heavy, a knot in their stomach is tied
Clenched jaws happen in times of stress
Stressed that there’s attention being put on ourselves
A second of a person reading you through your eyes
Is enough to make you feel like you’re about to die
As if they know you’re secrets
Yet never did you confide
In this stranger, this random person you see
Don’t take eye contact so personally