The Gaze

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Can I look you in the eye?

Can I look you in the eye
And listen without interrupting?
Can I look you in the eye
 Without judgment
?
Can I look you in the eye
And not say, "Yes, I know" ?

Can I look you in the eye
Steadily, without nodding?
Can I look you in the eye
Without trying to fix you?
Can I look you in the eye
And receive your pain?
Can I look you in the eye
Fearlessly?
 Can I look you in the eye
In naked presence
Heart meeting heart.
Can I offer you my silent hospitality,
The gaze of empathy?





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This page contains a single entry by Alakananda Ma published on December 4, 2010 7:43 PM.

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