Counting Voices: Conversational monologue

A lively group discussion, an intimate tête-à-tête, an inner monologue — in your view, when it comes to a good conversation, what’s the ideal number of people?

Speaking aloud to myself,

Is sometimes an effective way,

To clear a cloudy head.

But I’d be more than fine with a dialogue,

Though it probably is better 

that it  be a series of  conversations.

One talks,  the other listens—well.

Turns at each role.

Clarity in communication—the goal.

(“Understand me, chump.”

“Comprehend me, sweetheart.”

It’s a one-to-one.)

A lively group discussion,

Not a shouting melee,

Can throw up ideas,

In a  huddle we brainstorm.

They all have their uses,

They all have certain aims,

And as long we don’t take ourselves too seriously,

Life should be a round of games.

—Linus Fernandes.