Monday, December 19, 2016

Softness in his Eyes


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.

oh God,
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.


  1. This is beautiful! I totally agree. I want to be that person. I love this poem. You have such a talent!

  2. I find old age can add softness to people's eyes and hearts, especially in men. We have older family friends (men who mentored my father), and great uncles who are more vulnerable now than they were 30, 40 years ago. I am not sure what does it, if it is life experience, or God, but people can open up with time. It is beautiful. Thanks for sharing this.

    1. True, and perhaps it is because this was a young man that made it even more shocking.