The Watcher

Everybody is watching me
Eyes in my walls
Holes poked through
An inner view

At once I realize
I’m being watched
I weigh the cost
I’m aware of the eyes

And don’t know what to do
Seeing my inside
When I’m alone
Vulnerable at home

I replay all my actions
All that has already happened
The eyes don’t go away
How long has it been this way

An intrusion of privacy
An anonymous view
A subtle crime
That will go unpunished
The discomfort is mine

And then I wake up with a start
Replaying my surveillance
In my waking state
I realize my fate
I’m being watched at any rate

Awake or asleep
Privacy is a luxury
My nightmare is that everyone can see
I’ll no longer be alone

I’m being watched through my walls
I’m being watched in my home,
I’m being watched by strangers
By my computer, my phone

I’m being watched by myself
At every moment
But who is the watcher?
Are the eyes my own?

Social Unawareness

You walk on your own streets,
Unaware of others needs.
You stop in the middle,
Causing the natural flow,
To fracture, to whittle.
Socially unaware,
It’s clear you don’t care,
About the people around you.

But how is it possible to be so blind?
How do you participate in life,
Always lost in your own mind.
Do you ever find,
Meaningful relationships.

I try to engage with you,
To pursue,
A conversation.
My life is interesting,
Yet you talk about nothing.
A compulsion to fill the silence.
And you don’t ask me questions.
But I must talk about myself too,
If I want to connect with you.
Yet the connection is not true,
A one side sided interaction,
You’re dancing with yourself.
You might as well be talking,
To animals at the zoo.
I’m no longer listening,
I’m a prisoner of your self-centered
You’re holding me hostage,
With your lack of intention.

I can sense that your incapable
Of being socially aware.
Thinking of others is rare.
We are all consumed by our own worlds,
But how do we get out of them?
Can social skills be taught?
You may be able to pass all the tests,
Yet this country is fraught,
With inattention, self-centeredness,
How do we get out of this mess?
Undo a lifetime of unawareness,
How do we learn to think about others,
And step out of ourselves.

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