i met a stranger today
with softness in his eyes
the kind of look someone gives you
that is filled with compassion
or when they just care so much.
in most people,
you only catch glimpses of this softness,
like a prairie dog peaking its head out of its hole.
it is vulnerable to have such softness in your eyes.
there are no walls to block the world out
when you let them see your soul
when you show someone that you care.
it's in these moments of softness that we form connections.
and it seems so shocking to feel connection
with a stranger that i just met
who has kindness in his eyes.
i want to be that person.
i want strangers to look in my eyes and feel safe.
i want them to see my soul because there is no judgment there.
and if they want to pull up a chair and drink some tea,
well, i want them to know in the first instant that they meet me
that they are welcome here.