November 16, 2014

that eye-on-the-object look (1955)

You need not see what someone is doing
to know if it is his vocation,

you have only to watch his eyes:

a cook mixing a sauce, a surgeon

making a primary incision,

a clerk completing a bill of lading,

wear the same rapt expression,

forgetting themselves in a function.

How beautiful it is,

that eye-on-the-object look.

W. H. Auden, “Sext