How do you talk to no one
When you’re trying to talk to someone?
Are you talking to yourself, as if writing a journal,
All the while intending for someone to pick it up and read?
Or do you imagine there is a mob of people
Patiently waiting, listening, for your every word?
Are you writing to someone in particular?
A friend, or dare you think, a fan?
Or maybe you envision sitting down for coffee and
Exchanging an intimate chat with someone you trust.
Only they do all the listening and you have to do
All the talking.
How courageous you are to speak into the silence,
To pour your heart out, to teach your lessons.
You reveal yourself in front of everyone and no one
As you discover what it is you had to say.
Mentor and pupil, writer and reader, you carry both ends
Of a conversation you trust you are having.