True speaking out of the “other”

When a person speaks to you

 

and seeks a reply

 

automatic response kicks in

 

easiest to mind

 

come the phrases and words, thoughts and even feelings

 

that have all been DONE before

 

they are our cliches

 

on the surface of consciousness

 

we play for time

 

with an “ermm”

 

to find the ones that come easiest to hand

 

“kewl”

 

“right”

 

“excellent”

 

“no shit!”

 

yet if we “shut the fuck up”

 

for just a few seconds

 

go silent in side

 

and look at the “other”

 

we can find that they can “inspire” in us

 

a response that is far more original and new

 

dangerous and risky

 

exciting and hoary

 

than anything we can quickly come up with

 

they might think we have gone nuts

 

as we stare into their eyes

 

or watch their lips

 

or tiny finger movements

 

but if we do

 

then we truly can breathe in what we need to say back

 

“we realise ourselves through those around us…

 

“…they speak to us through our questions of them”

 

so i tried it

 

i waited

 

still and alert

 

i look into her eyes

 

i waited for my response to come from her

 

out of my lips

 

and it came:

 

“i love you”

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