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He asked her


if she was wearing colored contacts.


Not as an insult

because he did not find her eyes offensive,

only that


they seemed too bright to be real

bluer than an ocean;  than the sky


She put down her book-

something about Mythology-then

gazed at him for a moment,

saying nothing at all


It reminded him of his childhood and

his father telling him to never stare directly into the sun

"It'll blind you,"  he said. 


Of course he did it anyway.  







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