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Sternly warned against outsiders;
Stranger danger: consider the risks.
What joy sacrificed by safe living.
Avoid all goodness in case of poison;
Steer clear of life in case of letdown.
To converse with a stranger just once
Is a tall drink of something exotic…
A new world, a million flavours;
Who knows what it may bestow.
Sets the mind spinning, pondering;
Brightens the dullest, darkest day;
Bursts fresh perspective in the deep.
Each conversation, just a few minutes
To transcend weather (what shock!)
Brings a high, or a thoughtful hour:
Melody, harmonies, surprises, depth;
Soothing or stabbing; harsh; alive.
Conversation addicts, leads astray;
Shatters prejudices, echo chambers;
Tears us gently from long-held fears;
Inspires thought, new realms, ideas;
Far too dangerous, this exotic drink.
Where could minutes take the mind?
If minutes thought, would they yell?
But oh, the temptation is too great;
Every bus-stop; every queue –
Worldviews, perspectives on all sides
How can I not indulge, and learn?
What is forfeited or lost in silence?
Often ‘chat’ is the worst medicine.
Smalltalk the mind-numbing lies;
The very attitude a guilt-laden sack.
So for others’ sake may I refrain:
Brokenness exposed harder to ignore;
Concealed by pretense depresses.
So may I discern; then stay quiet.
Yet others find in it healing strength
Unmatched by drugs or rest or food
New ideas, beyond the weather;
Neglecting respectable Britishness
In search of that strange new drink.
Written March 2018 (by Kat Gibson).
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