Seen Through at a Glance





whenever you mark a horse, or a dog,
with a peculiarly mild, calm, deep-seated eye,

be sure he is an Aristotle or a Kant,
tranquilly speculating upon the mysteries in man. 

No philosophers so thoroughly comprehend us as dogs and horses.
They see through us at a glance.
But there is a touch of divinity ….
and a special halo about a horse…

~Herman Melville from Redburn: His First Voyage




There are some animals (and people) who will not look you in the eye.  It may be a reluctance to appear too bold, as direct eye contact can imply, or it may be a reluctance to expose too much of their own inner world and feelings.

Because eyes don’t lie.

But when you can empty yourself into another being’s eyes and feel both understanding and understood, that is a touch of divinity at work.  The eye is a mirror, a gazing ball and a collecting pool, and we reveal,  reflect and absorb when we really take the time and gather the courage to look deeply into one another.






6 thoughts on “Seen Through at a Glance

  1. It’s so special to really see someone, and to be really seen. I see you, I really see you. Oh yes, that is love for sure.


  2. Love this. We are firmly convinced that our little doxie, Sadie, is in fact an angel sent from Heaven from the Lord. The story is too long to go into, but there are times when she gazes at a vacant corner of the ceiling and wags her tell and you can tell she recognizes “something.” How very sweet of our Father to bless us with these creatures. ♥


  3. Oh those soft eyes! Gently inviting all of us to see and be seen.

    “…only something in me understands the voice of your eyes is deeper than all roses….”


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