Intelligent, thoughtful conversation:
Engaging over events, worldly to personal;
Conveying concerns mundane to aspirational;
Voicing values; lived, challenged, debated;
Hopes and tears, aired, shared;
Spattered with gentle humor.
Laughter launches connection, non-divisive.
Revives shared history
Void of derogation.
Absent thinly veiled insults,
Barbs hidden under feathers.
She remembers such discussions.
Memory of them dims,
She hopes, fervently prays
Must, for survival, believe
Their existence remains real.