There was once just one. A long skinny line strung up in the sky carried voices. So many tunneled in. It seemed there should be two.
Two lines of communication running parallel could do the trick. One could carry half the load. The other, the other.
One kept quiet. When the other wondered about their share of the conversation, whatever was said remained silent.
Inside the telephone wire there were people with problems. Casserole recipes. Questions about estrogen. Their friend. Their friends. Their other friend’s friends. All day both lines heard the frequent chatter of others.
“As big as a watermelon.” One voice recounted.
“Babies are too fat these days.” Throughout time they transferred information to each other.
But the wires were quiet. Side by side they did not intersect. This was because one was the other. And the other was the other just the same.
birds on a wire
cheap and conspire
to hear and ascertain what is dear.
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especially the evocative photo – very nice
Love this theme of human social activities embedded within modern communications. Wrote something along the same lines last year, adding a touch of steampunk vibe: https://johnathanreid.com/prose/flash-fiction/2020/09/29/cognitive-dissonance/