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Impact

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Impact

despite the sign
“No peddlers here”
a woman rang at my door
 “I only want to ask you just one  simple question”

normally  I would say 
"No”
"I don’t socialize with interviewers"
I am never the reason
they  will have a rise
of completed inquiries 
usually I tell them polite
the right thing to do
from my kind of view
"Go"" 

however 
somehow
today 
this woman 
looked right inside of me
telling 
with her sparkling eyes
 “No 
YOU should go for this”

I have a survey called 
“the impact of a hammer  however not on a brad …”
and she  waited briefly
while I was thinking
“is this happening”
“this is really weird” 
asking a question that dumb

then
she finished her line
“ but on your thumb”

after listening
and realizing
what she said
intuitively I thought 
“No way”
I wanted to decline
my cooperation to this survey

however
somehow
today
this woman 
looked right inside of me
telling 
with her  sparkling eyes
“Let me continue,
"You know I am not mad" 

“Let me please surprise YOU”

I asked her
“What is this all about?”

“Later”
she said completing her sentence
“for the sake of this survey
I have to ask you first”

“Would you please describe to me
the feeling
just after your thumb
has been beaten
by a hammer?”

Now I knew
for sure
no more questions I would answer
not even a few
this woman
with her sparkling eyes
is really crazy. 
how do I get rid of her. 

she was persistent 
she explained
what the survey was really about
and I found out she wasn’t 
telling a “trained” story

“a  hammer can hit you
or someone else
and it might look the same 
it is not the hitting
causing the difference
it is that feeling of yours
which is
of course the reason 
for feeling and dealing
your way with your  pain”

somehow
today 
this woman 
looked right inside of me
telling 
with her sparkling eyes

“ Now you know 
all the how's and why's 
you are obliged to yourself
to finds ways
to recover from your pain
your life will never be the same
again"

she was a wise woman
telling me
what a fool I was
for a short 
but allowed
amount of time

Or not?
I was wise enough
to answer the door 
and find out more…. 

©Ellie Daphne van Stralen 2012.

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  1. Date: 12/1/2012 2:50:00 PM
    Ellie, i will keep an eye out for this door knocker,, wow what a story, love the philosophy