Amazing how close is 'avert' to 'averse'…
Why withhold eye contact from neighbours? Why avert the gaze?
Here are some reasons:
Pair-bond Dynamics ---
Play it cool for other's sake;
Avoid the jealous other-other;
What if other shares attraction;
Giving one a chance to look.
Hope I'm not solicited;
I don't wanna talk to you;
Don't meet neighbours, build high fences;
Isolated suburbs, here.
Sketchiness / Emotional Toil ---
Inner self, I scream too loudly;
Lack of care or empathy;
Guilt & fear & real emotions;
Scared of being victimized.
Absorption in What I Do / Think ---
Lack of presence, mindfulness;
A space cadet lost beyond reach;
There's not room enough to list here;
Fill in blanks, your life is yours.
Non-Imposition / Respect ---
Giving others privacy, space;
It's the social norm 'round here;
No one's into people prying;
Or are we just conditioned such?
Meekness / Shying Away ---
Cory Ash is a current member of the Yoga Centre Winnipeg 200 hour teacher training program.