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The Eyes Have It

Have you wondered how someone on the streets still recognised you even when your mask was up to your nose? Sometimes you even had a hat on but they still identified you. It’s your eyes. The mirror to a man’s soul, in Shakespeare’s words. They snitch on you by expressing the reality of your inner being, despite what the mouth says. They can reveal if you have been crying even if you are smiling. Or if you are in pain. Or sad. They can disclose if you are lying. Or if you are just shy. They can tell if you are exhausted. Or angry. Or bored. Or intoxicated. Or hung over. Or just sleepy. They can even divulge if you are lusting over someone. Or completely disinterested. They can break down your entire personality without you uttering a single word. They can tell the state of your health and the state of your wealth. They can even be used to estimate your age!

Your eyes send and receive messages all the time. Like when someone says something stupid to you and you just roll your eyes at them. They get the message. They need to shut the fuck up. When you are across the room from someone and they wink at you. You get the message. They like you. When you are speaking to someone and they are staring at their feet. You get it. They are ashamed. Or they are shy. Or both. When you are talking to someone and their eyes are on their phone. You need to shut up because they are completely incurious. Remember that time the nurse stuck the injection needle through the vein in your arm? You blinked. She told you to relax. That time in the exam room when you had no clue what the questions were about? You looked at the ceiling, trying to remember.

Eyes had to come in pairs. Imagine having just one eye, like a pirate. Or having three eyes, like an ogre. Would your specs have three lenses? The folks who refer to you as ‘Macho Nne’ would now call you ‘Macho Sita’. It just wouldn’t be right. Then there is the hair around and above the eyes. These hairs complete the circuit. That is why there are dozens of beauty products all meant to make the eyes and the ocular area more appealing. Eyeliner. Mascara. Eye shadow. Contact lenses. Shades. Concealer. Eye lift cream, among many others. Women know that facial beauty stems from the eyes. Men simply don’t give a shit. That is why it always baffles the sons of Adam why these daughters of Eve would shave their eyebrows and try to replace them with something not even remotely close to their God-given ones.

Eyes convey the heart’s deepest emotions. They sparkle when you look at someone you love. They shut when you kiss. They get watery when you are extremely overjoyed. They tear when you are hurt. They squint when you taste something nasty. They dart when you are restless. They twitch when you are stressed. They ogle when you are horny. And when you sleep, they do too. Because they need to take a break and rest, in readiness for the important job they have to do later, of connecting you with the rest of the world.

Eye will see you later.

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