ESP

Daily Prompt: Full Disclosure—A mad scientist friend offers you a chip that would allow you to know what the people you’re talking to are thinking. The catch: you can’t turn it off. Do you accept the chip?

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ESP

I don’t really need a chip to know what you are thinking,
for when I ask, “Should I wear this?” your left eyelid starts blinking
like it does whenever you tell a little fib;
and I can tell your “It looks great!” sounds a little glib.
That’s how I know without a doubt you’re spinning a fine yarn;
and that, in fact, in this dress I must look wide as a barn.

If you say this dish is great but feed most to the dogs—
if you say I’m clever but you rarely read my blogs—
if you “want” to get together but we rarely do—
I’ve already read the clues to ascertain your view.
Yet, still I have the option to see the other side
and find a way to look at it that will preserve my pride.

Your eye might blink because a gnat got caught in it just now,
and so I do not really look as broad as any cow.
He just has a small appetite. Her eyesight might be failing.
She might be out of town and when she gets home from her sailing,
she’ll call me up and we will meet and have a laugh or two.
Without this ESP I really get to choose my view
of believing what I want to in spite of what I’ve guessed.
When it comes to friendship, less clarity is best!

 

5 thoughts on “ESP

  1. kategresham

    Ah, but the challenge is to view their response through a positive lens, isn’t it? On a day when I’m not feeling so good, I can easily see rejection when there’s none. I’ve never really tried writing verse.

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  2. grieflessons Post author

    Exactly the point of my poem. Without knowledge of what others are thinking, we get to imagine as we please—or to discount their thoughts entirely. Imagine giving a talk and being able to know everyone’s thoughts in the audience. Who could ever swim through this tide of thoughts to get to their own? Nature seems to give us the amount of insight into the thoughts of others that serves us best. Thanks, Kate, for reading and commenting. Judy

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