Eyes of the Lynx

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In Native American mythology, all animals, insects, and reptile life bear a spiritual message. The species of Lynx is the knower and the holder of secrets,that which is hidden from others or what we attempt to conceal from ourselves. Then to see through the eyes of a lynx is to observe what is not noticed by others.

Submitted: July 10, 2008

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In Native American mythology
The species of feline named Lynx symbolizes
The ability to see clearly, as well as being
The knower of secrets, in terms of what
We hide from ourselves as well as others

I did not ask for this gift
Nonetheless, it is ever present
Sometimes, I strive to imagine
Having a blind eye for the
Things that I truly see
And owning a deaf ear
Towards what is really heard

Having known many people in this life’s ventures
Associates sometimes become distant strangers
And strangers become close confidants
For to see what is hidden from others
Is to observe what is unseen by many
To know that which we attempt to conceal
From ourselves, is to look through the eyes of the Lynx

(Pause)

Do these eyes pierce you?
Or do they intrigue you
Perhaps both at the same time


I didn’t mean to make you shudder
While that smug tone of voice began to stutter
As you became aware of the pensive
Stare, that unintentionally seeps right
Through to the core, those false masks
So neatly worn, cringes upon the prospect
Of those interior thoughts exposed on the exterior

(Pause)

Go ahead,
Condemn the wealthy woman
Across the room in the corner
But, did I detect a note of envy?

Laugh at the alcoholic as he
Guzzles down his fluid of intoxication
However, wipe the saliva from your mouth

Persecute the two women
As they sit arm in arm
Was that a sense of fascination I perceive?

For now, I too will wear my mask
One of innocence and vulnerability
And saunter about the room quietly
For if only they knew eyes like a Lynx
An unwanted gift?
Or under appreciated blessing?


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