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Wednesday, July 13, 2005



WHEN NO ONE IS LOOKING



It's interesting to watch people. I especially love watching someone who has no idea that someone might be observing them. Normally, we take a sort of "stance" that presents a mask to others when we are in public.

Striking a public pose just in case someone is looking at us.

However, there are those times when the pose gives way and the mask drops --- and we just "are" ....we are in our space. ...sometimes we might be thinking. ...other times we might be watching someone else or some thing.

But I love catching someone with their public mask off as they chill, watch or think.

Some people look really beautiful when they drop all pretense or presentation. You know? Really, they are beautiful. Faces filled with love, interest, thought and something profound behind their eyes. Secrets waiting to be shared.

Others form a soft sort of "gone stupid" face and posture. They look blank and sleepy. Not much seems to be going on in there. They just seem to be comfortable being "out of the moment"

The thing that I find most interesting, tho --- is that most people look angry. They look like they are stewing over a problem or contemplating some sort of vile action toward whatever or whomever they are looking toward. They seem to be filled with frustration and are ready to strike/snap at any moment. It is kind of creepy that most people seem to have this look about them.

I wish I could see myself during one of those times. I hope I'm 'beautiful', but I suspect I have that "gone all stupid" look. I just hope I don't look angry.

I suspect this is one of those things with which we have no control. In a way, I guess there is no hiding once the mask is removed.

9 Comments:

Blogger Karyn said...

You're always beautiful Matt.

7:51 PM  
Blogger Jon said...

I usually have a disaffeccted, sullen look, even if I'm happy. It's a Japanese thing :P Besides, people who walk around smiling look simple ^_^

9:50 PM  
Blogger matty said...

Karyn -- you're so sweet!

Jon -- yeah, simply smiling would be kind of odd. I think I've only ever noticed people doing that while reading or looking at a cute baby.

12:41 AM  
Blogger digitic said...

I just look drowsy ...

My question is why do people look so totally stoic when they're listening to music on their iPoods? Don't they like their music? Why aren't they dancing?

2:08 AM  
Blogger adrock2xander said...

I wonder why ya writin this post Matt...did somethin happen? This post reminds me of somethin ive been wantin to write about...i just might write bout it...

2:20 AM  
Anonymous Anita said...

I agree with Karyn Matt. But I look like Jon cause even tho I'm not Japanese (my sister says I'm illigitmate cause I look Japanese and I relate to the disaffected, sullen look even when I'm happy people think I'm mad. Partly cause the light hurts my eyes and I have that sun wrinkle in my forehead. I try to walk around lookin simple and smiling but I forget. LOL

7:24 AM  
Blogger g8s said...

you seem like the kind of person who would look happy when your guard is down. I usually look tired, because I've either just woken up or am in dire need of a good snooze. And by the way, props on the Rickie Lee Jones!

7:53 AM  
Blogger Miss Marisol said...

Sometimes, I run into someone on the street that I know as I see them, I feel my face shift into a bright smile. It makes me realize that every time, I am scowling as I walk along alone.

5:28 PM  
Blogger snarl71 said...

OH, Matt. Remember shortly after we met and you lived in the "not-so-nice" part of town? We were taking the subway to your apartment and that little old lady had spilled her powdered detergent on the subway floor after the box tore open. I thought I was looking at her sympathetically...but you said it looked as if I was pissed off...and you were afraid I'd get us beat up!!!!!!

Ah, memories.

7:14 PM  

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