Pressures from Yesterday’s People

Do not stare at me and try to ascertain my moods, you will not succeed. Do not probe incessantly, I will not reveal. Do not look at me with longing in your eyes, I can’t reciprocate the feelings. Do not let your eyes linger at me over your wineglass, I feel uncomfortable. Do not pretend you know my thoughts, because you don’t and you won’t. Do not ask so many questions about him, it is such a secret place. Do not keep appearing in front of me in all pretend friendliness, you are the one I do not wish to see. Do not touch me like that, it makes my skin crawl. Do not keep slapping my arm, it is badly and obviously injured. Do not act as if you understand me, there’s more to me than just this. Do not lie to me, because there is no reason for you to. Do not play games with me, because I don’t want to play.

How happy is the blameless Vestal’s lot!
The world forgetting, by the world forgot.
Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind!
Each pray’r accepted, and each wish resign’d.


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