” Elevator talk.
Let’s get this thing stuck,
see what we really have to say.
Give those occupants a new reply
Up or down?
in a free fall
pressing DOOR OPEN.”
(excerpt from Elevator Talk by Melissa Sawatsky)
THE ESSENTIAL CONVERSATION
hand hewn verbal protection
carefully laid, piece by piece,
a lifetime in the making,
no escape clause.
Words withheld, unspoken,
the contents of a goodbye
discarded at the roadside,
no recipient, no return address.
The Essential Conversation,
clear instruction, open
the dam of heartache,
attempts to top the wall, first
diving then begging for release.
Blow up the wall, the dam,
limitations choking our lives,
open the run of the river,
drown in your longing
for freedom denied.
Surrender illusion, control
you never had, shaken, stirred and
spewed onto the riverbank
searching for the eyes of an other
…to start the Essential Conversation.
photos westcoastwoman. (2013) Marine Building Vancouver Canada