A Stranger’s Eyes

It was never going to happen

Dee Shihady
3 min readOct 16, 2021

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Photo by Ryan Gagnon on Unsplash

It was never going to happen

everything, so dull but sure

But then falling in around me

the walls went insecure.

The timing wasn’t perfect.

I just told myself to fight.

Give me reasons. Give me hope.

Give me pause for second sight.

Broken arrows in my lance.

Rotted love notes in my mind.

Places I would kill to keep

in the dreams that I made blind.

Always, nothing feels forever,

When the pain inside me cries.

We are nothing but naïve

Looking in a stranger’s eyes.

Drowning in the look you give me.

Swimming deep without the rules.

Do I see a hint of something

when I have so much to lose?

Would you promise me you love me

and then take it all away?

If I gave you my tomorrows

could you say you’re not afraid?

Broken promises and treasures.

Rotted memories I find.

Dreams I would kill to keep

in the life that I made blind.

Always, nothing feels forever,

when the pain inside me cries.

We are nothing but deceived

Looking in a stranger’s eyes.

In the morning, in the daylight

will you look me in the eye?

Will your reservations hurt us

as you fake another try?

I have heard you talking softly

to the voice inside that phone.

I have seen the way she looks at you

when she thinks you’re all alone.

Broken whispers in my mind now.

Rotted promises and then

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Dee Shihady

Humorist and poet. Author of Laughing at the Storms. Family and Adoption Educator and part of the sandwich generation.