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Behind Our Eyes

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The Eyes Are the Windows to the Soul.

Would you agree?

Although this is not a Bible Study, I had to find a passage from the Bible that could give some grounds to what my poem, and this article in general, is about.

Matthew 6:22-23 (King James Version)
22 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness.

So what does, "The eyes are the windows to the soul" even mean?

"A person's thoughts can be ascertained by looking in his or her eyes."

The proverb has been traced back in English to 'Regiment of Life.' However, the proverb was known much earlier.

  • Cicero (106-43 B.C.) is quoted as saying, 'Ut imago est animi voltus sic indices oculi' (The face is a picture of the mind as the eyes are its interpreter).
  • 'Vultus est index animi' or 'Oculus animi index,' are usually translated as 'The face is the index of the mind.'
  • The French say, 'Les yeux sont le miroir de l'dme (The eyes are the mirror of the soul). 'The eyes are the window of the soul' is a variant form of the proverb..."
"The Afghan Girl" AKA "The Afghan Mona Lisa" by Steve McCurry first appeared on the cover of National Geographic in June, 1985. It's now one of the most recognizable photographs in the world.

"The Afghan Girl" AKA "The Afghan Mona Lisa" by Steve McCurry first appeared on the cover of National Geographic in June, 1985. It's now one of the most recognizable photographs in the world.

The Afghan Mona Lisa

In 1984, photographer Steve McCurry took a photo of a young lady, which he titled “Afghan Girl." It would become the defining image of his career and one of the most famous National Geographic covers ever published.

Sharbat Gula, the subject of the famous photograph, was orphaned during the Soviet Union’s bombing of Afghanistan and sent to the Nasir Bagh refugee camp in Pakistan in 1984. Her village was attacked by Soviet helicopter gunships sometime in the early 1980s. The Soviet strike killed her parents, forcing her, her siblings and grandmother to hike over the mountains to the Nasir Bagh refugee camp in neighboring Pakistan.

In 2002, McCurry was able to locate, Sharbat Gula, and learn her story. National Geographic then published the story of the story of the photo, the search, and Sharbat Gula.

The Power of Those EYES

The reunion between the woman with green eyes and the photographer was quiet. On the subject of married women, cultural tradition is strict. She must not look—and certainly must not smile—at a man who is not her husband. She did not smile at McCurry.

The reunion between the woman with green eyes and the photographer was quiet. On the subject of married women, cultural tradition is strict. She must not look—and certainly must not smile—at a man who is not her husband. She did not smile at McCurry.

Mona Lisa's Haunting Gaze

The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

The Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci

People often call eyes the windows to the soul. But what exactly do we see when we gaze into the eyes of another person? In fact, the eyes do provide lots of information about another person’s emotional state, as these photos from French photographer, Rehahn, show.

Whose eyes are these? Answer in the poll below.

Even without a full face, most people would recognize who this is.

Even without a full face, most people would recognize who this is.

Behind Our Eyes Lies Jealousy

Sophia Loren looks, with envy, at Jayne Mansfield

Sophia Loren looks, with envy, at Jayne Mansfield

Effective Eye Contact

Effective eye contact is essential to our every day interaction with people, and also to those who want to be effective communicators in the public arena, but we often use our eyes for other things as well, including, but not limited to:

  • Evading communication
  • Crying
  • Flirting
  • Winking
  • Blinking


Behind Our Eyes Lies Innocence.

The picture is called The Boy with the Sapphire Eyes. As soon as photographer Vanessa Bristow posted it she was flooded with accusations of photoshop. She responded by posting other pictures of the boy as it is in fact not altered. The blue eyes and

The picture is called The Boy with the Sapphire Eyes. As soon as photographer Vanessa Bristow posted it she was flooded with accusations of photoshop. She responded by posting other pictures of the boy as it is in fact not altered. The blue eyes and

Behind Our Eyes Part 1

Behind our eyes is the memory of the abortion had as a young girl that mother enabled, but hid from her father.

Behind our eyes is the hatred for a biological mother who gave her up at a tender age.

Behind our eyes is the pain of the sexual assault endured at the hands of a family member.

Behind our eyes lies abandonment and neglect issues.

Behind our eyes lies the feeling of unworthiness.

Behind our eyes lies verbal abuse.

Behind our eyes lies self-esteem issues.

Behind our eyes we find liars and thieves.

Behind our eyes we find guilt.

Behind our eyes lies unresolved trauma.

Behind our eyes lies the fear of rejection.

Behind our eyes lies betrayal.

Behind our eyes we find a repressed human being.

Behind our eyes is the loss of self-control and an inability to reason.

Behind our eyes lies fear, in so many different forms.

Behind our eyes is fatigue from trying to carry the world on our shoulders.

Behind our eyes is the feeling of defeat.

Behind our eyes lies embarrassment.

Behind our eyes lies unhealed childhood wounds.

Behind our eyes lies perfectionism.

Behind our eyes lies memories of a child told to be seen and not heard.

Behind our eyes lies a cue to honest and sexual interest.

Behind our eyes lies acceptance......of our differences, our circumstances, of each other.

Behind our eyes is the trust or mistrust, the security or contentment when we first meets someone.

Behind our eyes lies desire, the love secretly felt for another.

Behind our eyes is the judgment of another, be it for better or worse.

Behind our eyes is the sadness we try to hide. We smile, but what are we trying to hide?


Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie

Behind Our Eyes, Part 2

Behind our eyes is the longing to be touched, to be hugged.

Behind our eyes lies deception.

Behind our eyes lies a Spirit that feels like a puzzle with missing pieces.

Behind our eyes is the courage from from what we have had to overcome.

Behind our eyes is emptiness.

Behind our eyes is the social face put on. To the world, we are coping, but in our hearts, we weep.

Behind our eyes lies jealousy.

Behind our eyes is the pattern of behavior put on as a matter of survival.

Behind our eyes lies relief.....from pain, from exhaustion.

Behind our eyes lies hatred for our fellow man.

Behind our eyes lies shame....for what may have been done to us, for what we may have done to others.

Behind our eyes lies suffering. Suffering due to our own inner self-talk and what others have said about us or done to us.

Behind our eyes is the armor we've created over the years of being hurt. Guarded eyes.

Behind our eyes is a reflection of how we truly feel.

Behind our eyes are the lies we tell ourselves on a daily basis.

Behind our eyes are thoughts as pure as the morning dew.

Behind our eyes is the wisdom that lies deep within.

Behind our eyes lies awe...for God's creations and all the beauty that surrounds us.

Behind our eyes lies JOY, which transcends time and space.

Behind our eyes there is FAITH, helping us recover a sense of balance and tranquility.

Behind our eyes lies HOPE, the choice to move onward.

Behind our eyes lies the ability or inability to LOVE, because there is freedom in loving and being loved.

What is going on?

What is happening, what is happening now, what was happening then, and what will happen?

We may never know, but until we do, we must change.
We must fight with words not violence.
We shall unite and strive for our goal.
We shall become one and earn the right reward.

Behind Our Eyes Lies Suffering.

Nguyen Thi Ly, 9, suffers from Agent Orange disabilities. During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military sprayed some 12 million gallons of Agent Orange herbicide over Vietnam. The spraying ended 30 years ago, but still wreaks havoc 3 generations later.

Nguyen Thi Ly, 9, suffers from Agent Orange disabilities. During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military sprayed some 12 million gallons of Agent Orange herbicide over Vietnam. The spraying ended 30 years ago, but still wreaks havoc 3 generations later.

So Shine.....

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Don't Ever Lose the Light in Your Eyes!

© 2021 Gina Welds Hulse

Comments

manatita44 from london on February 22, 2021:

A very thorough piece and you have said so much about the pros and cons! Sri Ramakrishna could tell individuals simply by feeling their fingers or looking at their frames. Again, the yes are the seat of the soul.

I was looking at a person in a Zoom meeting recently. I do so many Zoom poetry, yet it was the first time I saw someone lighting up cigarettes on Zoom (The Host) Not long afterwards, they were biting their nails, which I noticed easily and the eyes looked tired and weary, of course. I wonder if they realised that a large audience was watching.

Beautiful work!

Janis Leslie Evans from Washington, DC on February 22, 2021:

So much truth here, Gina. The eyes reveal a lot but yet so little is revealed. You've captured that well. Thank for sharing this wisdom and mystery.

Gina Welds Hulse (author) from Rockledge, Florida on February 19, 2021:

Isn't that the truth?

Thanks for visiting.

Gina Welds Hulse (author) from Rockledge, Florida on February 19, 2021:

Thank you so much! Good to see you. I've been away for a bit. How are you?

Ravi Rajan from Mumbai on February 18, 2021:

Wonderfully written Gina. Somebody rightly said that eyes are the windows to our soul and if someone reads our eyes carefully they can view the turbulence going within our souls. Thanks for sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 18, 2021:

You said it all about the precious eyes— the windows of the soul. The eyes speak more than the words.

Great insightful article, with beautiful pictures and narration. I enjoyed going through this.

Thank you for sharing.