I was talking to Matt at his fiance’s house,
conversing on the nature of talk.

I said nothing not brought to discussion
is ever remembered or well understood.

“No,” he said, “there’s something to be said, not for talk, but instead proclamation.
The Messengers did not bring the word to discuss, but, instead, to proclaimed it.”

Well then, I said, one of two must be true for each proclamation:
Conversation is the necessary preparation,
Or it’s the necessary post facto digestion.

Here is my best guess, in other words.

Speech is.
Response is, as well.

Speech and response together,
as one thing,
a new thing,
is, as well:

Or communication.

But discussion is
speech and speech.

Dialectic equals
Rhetoric plus rhetoric.

(…when whole is greater than the sum of its parts.)


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