opia- the intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable i squint, my eyes scrunching until i can only see through a slits of my eyelids. i see your blue eyes staring back at me. neither squinting nor widening “this staring contest is too much. i can not win” i state. i continue starting. your mouth moves. gliding from smile to a sly smirk. “you’re right. you can’t win, i’m the best at this game” you reach across the table placing your soft palms against my cheeks. holding my face in your hands as if i were a little child. oh your hands are so warm and so soft that i can’t help but opening my eyes. my gaze rises and soon our eyes are at the same level. your eyes are dark blue almost as if they were made of the water from the deepest parts of the ocean. there is mystery behind those eyes and i know that if i stare too long i will turn to stone and become captive in your stare. but no i’m like a blind woman in love with medusa. the more i gravitate towards you the deeper i fall into your eyes. deep dark blue eyes dipping into my baby blue soul stripping me of all my inhibitions. i guess you’ve won the staring contest.