We don’t see ourselves,
Through the eyes of those
Who love us;
Or hate us.
We see ourselves,
Neither from the eyes
Of the present;
Nor from the eyes
Of the past.

We see ourselves,
With certainty;
Through the uncertain eyes,
Of an uncertain future.

We don’t see ourselves,
No; not at all.

© Jay Kaushal

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28 thoughts on “Eyes shut open

  1. Jay, I could’ve never guessed the climax of this amazing one and when I read it, it only seemed most natural and relatable. There is a lingering concern creeping in thoughts when we try to perceive ourself with the focus primarily on if the present us would be enough to help the future us!

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    1. Exactly! And in following that approach we lose the power of the present to guide us… You are what you need to be, you shall be who you need to be, when you let the present guide you and evaluate yourself based on what you are NOW. People are always thinking less of themselves because of the past or more/ less again because of a future not here yet. Thanks so Much for reading!! See now, I keep waiting for your comments on my poem. Its very interesting to read how you evaluate it. As always.. On the spot. 😉

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      1. Exactly! If you let your present guide you based on your present self, it would help one to come through the problems of the present and add a learning experience for the future!
        But no, if only we understood that!
        Hahahah! That’s just very kind of you, Jay. I’m glad you feel that way about my remarks! I love reading your work, so evaluation sort of comes naturally! Have a fun week!

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  2. Love it! So natural in its delivery–I remember thinking as a kid that I would never truly see myself. I’d see myself through tools like a mirror, a camera, a glass reflection but never in the flesh, facing me. But also in this way, we see ourselves in our truest forms inside–in our thoughts, in our feelings and our beliefs, that no one else can see better than we can. Well done!

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    1. Thank you. I think we see ourselves quite easily but we dismiss it because that knowledge seems to come too easily. We want ourselves to look like something else.. Based on a reality we haven’t created yet. It screws my mind up every time I start thinking about this.

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    1. I think with others we at least see to a degree how they want us to see them. With ourselves.. It’s impossible to determine unless you are a Zen master or a Yogi.. Who we really are.. Sans the worldly attachments and interferences with our sense of self..

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      1. … not sure… sometimes they let us see other facets and we still stick to our vision…
        About us it’s really difficult yes… much more than with others… I agree…

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      2. Lol this is a very subjective idea. There is no ‘right’ answer or solution. It’s just to get the reader thinking. Thanks for reading. Appreciate your lovely comments as always B. 🙂

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  3. Beautiful. Loved reading it.
    I am relatively new to blogging. Love it when I come across blogs and posts like that of yours.
    Just 3 posts old here. I am working on a series of 5 and the 4th post is on the way here.Would be glad if you could drop by my blog.

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      1. Yeah sure. I am new to brining my art out to the world finally but I’ve been writing for some time. Thanks for your support. Appreciate it. 🙂

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  4. The paradox of this piece is just brilliant! You are really one of my favorite poets, Jay. This is truly relatable cos I reckon almost everyone has been in this situation. An eye opener that we shouldn’t think less of ourselves based on what’s currently happening and/or the fear of the unknown that the future brings. Well done!

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      1. Ofcourse, I always visit your blog to check new posts. I usually get inspired by your poetry, to be honest, that’s why I should be thanking you, for allowing me to read ‘em. ☺️

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