Eyes of the Beholder

Eyes of the Beholder

Some day watch visitors
in a portrait hall…
measured paces
close inspection
thoughtful poses.
They stand back
for the full effect
of the famous or nearly so
captured like rare insects
pinned upon a mat.

Then notice how a person pauses
time transfigured
matching gaze for gaze
before the self-portrait
of an artist.

If humanity awareness is anywhere
it’s in the eyes
of artist and beholder.
Then the illusion holds…
until time and place remembering
leads to understanding
of a reason for the visit.

Bonnie Marshall

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