Perhaps the paranormal believers are onto something. Do we all have auras? It’s an easy explanation for a thing that’s puzzled me for a time. To you, it may not be a puzzle at all, or maybe not something you would think on. Most likely, just a projection or an assumption on my part. Call it naïveté, superstition, overthinking, or all of those.
Ah, but it could be (and I do feel it this way) a moment of true clarity.
In even something as simple as a shopping excursion, I pass by hundreds (if not, thousands) of people, and casually make eye contact with many. Those who leave an impression, for good or ill, are retained in my mind for a time. I consider myself neither hostile, nor overly kind. Some who I meet have a welcoming nature, and will return a casual smile. I like the little scenes that people inadvertently create. A mother struggling with two kids, one in a stroller, and a full shopping cart, trying to get through the checkout. A very old woman with a different kind of struggle, peering into her purse for money, while her groceries are sitting on the belt unbagged. The cashier may or may not show patience, and I see if their eyes are kind or absent.
It seems to depend on the day, or maybe it is truly my own outlook, but the dark side of things is at times more prevalent. When I come upon a person and lift my eyes to theirs, what’s returned could be a look of challenge or unreasoning anger. Or, they may swiftly look away, as if not wanting to be probed, perhaps because they’ve seen something within my own eyes that has disturbed them. Lastly, they may seem to be shuttered, unreadable, aloof, with the aspect and the Zen of a fleeting animal.
The mother could be whacking the kid’s behind, or the father could be yelling at them.
The Yin and the Yang, but why the seismic shift from day to day?
There was a song, by the Payolas. “The eyes of a Stranger”.
My friend once said to me, offhandedly, “You know, that’s you sometimes”.
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