Scopaesthesia

 

You never know

them. Not aware of their location.

Never seen their face before.

No idea where they’re stood/sat/knelt in relation to yourself.

But something’s boring into you,

invisibly.

 

You never know

who they are, what they do, if they’ve ever heard of you,

seen your face around town,

stalking or in love with who they think you might be

by the colour of your hair, coat, hat, shoes, big woolly jumper.

But something isn’t sitting right

silently behind you.

 

Out of all the other people, 

out of all the lines of sight,

why do I look straight

into the eyes that have sat and took their time

resting over me, on me, pondering

god knows what

but now trapped

like a rabbit in the headlights.

 

Stare detection, gaze perception, sixth sense, ESP?

We’ll never know

exactly

but spookily

you do.

 

NaPoMoWri 2019

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Laura Taylor

Tue 16th Apr 2019 15:41

Aha! Sorry Trev - am rushing round like a blue arsed fly today!! Thank you 😃

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Trevor Alexander

Tue 16th Apr 2019 15:12

Just happened to be commenting on a few poems when you posted. And yes, I got that - hence the 'corner of the mind' thing. It was just that I was intrigued by what they thought they saw as well.

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Laura Taylor

Tue 16th Apr 2019 15:08

You're bloody quick off the mark Trev! It's more about how we detect someone looking at us from behind, say, than what they think about us tbh. But ta 😃

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Trevor Alexander

Tue 16th Apr 2019 15:06

Hah! The minefield of how others perceive us. I think if we stop to think about that, we might go doolally! But the questions do seem to creep into some corner of the mind. Nice one Laura.

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Laura Taylor

Tue 16th Apr 2019 15:02

Day 16, Napowrimo 2019

http://www.napowrimo.net/

Been away at a festie so missed days 12 – 15 and hate the prompt for today, so using one from Day 13: write a poem about something mysterious and spooky!

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