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.



The Boy Who Never Grew Up!


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Once upon a time there was a boy. He had a lot of friends and a lot of toys.

He never wanted for anything. Life was a breeze. It was full of fun and joy.

Play and school came alike. Parties and games was all he worried about, it was all he thought of.

Then suddenly one day everything changed.

He found that the friends he once had and liked now avoided him.

He found that the toys he had never gave him the kind of joy he used to derive earlier.

The games felt a little jaded; he grew morose.

He could not figure out what had changed.

Why this sudden about turn? What had happened?

Had the world turned topsy-turvy?

Then he heard a voice whisper in his ear:

“No, the world has not changed. Your friends have. They have grown up. They now have their own toys and new friends. They don’t need to play with all your toys anymore. Besides, you were always rude to them and your abrasiveness has not disappeared. You remain a boy; they are now men and women. That is the reality of life; the world doesn’t change, people do, their perspectives do, their lives do.”

And the lad thought “I guess I’m the boy who never grew up!”

PS: Originality of this piece is not guaranteed!

It’s better to be wanted for murder than not to be wanted at all.

Marty Winch


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