After Dinner

Looking into his
eyes while 
he talked, I was
him.

opia
n. the ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable—their pupils glittering, bottomless and opaque—as if you were peering through a hole in the door of a house, able to tell that there’s someone standing there, but unable to tell if you’re looking in or looking out.

From The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows

3 thoughts on “After Dinner”

    1. The word “opia” is from The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows.
      I remember that conversation so well and it was 50 years ago. I used to be able to do that, become one with the gaze. Not so much any more.

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      1. I get goosebumps over here. And thank you for directing me to The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows, which I didn’t know about. Now I just looked it up, and will go back there again for sure.

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