people stare carefully poem

[The first line is from Spring Is Like A Perhaps Hand by e.e. cummings.]

people stare carefully
so as not to disturb.
they look with their
eyes so no harm is
done. they turn around
only when you’ve passed
to save you from knowing,
and then they whisper to
each other to save you
from hearing. you are
impervious, oblivious–
playing the part of the
deaf and blind. you look
straight ahead, at the 
ground, away from them.
you hear nothing, see
nothing. people stare,
and you– you have 
nothing to look at.
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