The gaze is a penetrative act.
So never get caught staring at someone for too long
Or you risk questions that cannot be answered
For example, how do you answer when someone asks, why are you looking at me like that?
I pretend that you aren’t there only to furtively gaze at your back when you walk away.
I am the bored commuter who scans the carriage
I look kindly at the child who looks at me without flinching
I stare glassy eyed beyond the commuters and hawker stalls and hungry people
I smile good morning to you on long corridor stretches, either that or avoid your gaze altogether.
I recognize a fellow cyclist on the opposite side of the road, and he waves to me from some kindred feeling.