what looks back

you can avoid locking glances with inevitability
if you focus on the banal

Do not look at the sun, even in eclipse;
you will go blind, they say, but they hide
the truth: the sun will look back.
And in that retina-searing instant, it will know
your secret heart’s perfect lies.

Do not look for the evil eye, even in the
depths of the dark valley, to cast it out,
for it will know you and know your name
and cause it to be written in your blood
on the adamantine tablets.

Do not look for God in the depths
of the valley, nor in the heart of the sun,
for He will rejoice and call you to Him
before you are ready. Rather, watch TV:
It doesn’t watch back.

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Poet, playwright, duplicate bridge player, website designer, cottager, husband, father, grandfather, former athlete, carpenter, computer helper for my friends, theatre designer, backstage polymath, retired teacher of highschool English, drama, art, a baritone singer in a barbershop quartet, who knows what else? wordcurrents is on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/wordcurrents/ Doug also has a Facebook page, "Incognitio", related to his novels.
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