The weasel was stunned into stillness as he was emerging from beneath an enormous shaggy wild rose bush four feet away.
I was stunned into stillness twisted backward on the tree trunk. Our eyes locked, and someone threw away the key.
Our look was as if two lovers, or deadly enemies, met unexpectedly on an overgrown path when each had been thinking of something else: a clearing blow to the gut. It was also a bright blow to the brain, or a sudden beating of brains, with all the charge and intimate grate of rubbed balloons. It emptied our lungs. It felled the forest, moved the fields, and drained the pond; the world dismantled and tumbled into that black hole of eyes.
If you and I looked at each other that way, our skulls would split and drop to our shoulders.
But we don’t. We keep our skulls.
~Annie Dillard from “Living Like Weasels”
I watch you. And you me. Our eyes locked and someone threw away the key.