I work as a receptionist right now, so I make a lot of small talk throughout the day. I also make small talk at home though, with people I’m close to. I completely understand making small talk with people I don’t know as well, especially with people I’ve just met, but why do I do it with people who know me well? What’s the point? Sometimes I catch myself doing it and just start thinking about all the serious, personal things we could be talking about but aren’t. Which brings me to today’s prompt.
Prompt 18: Small Talk
Write a poem in which two people make small talk about something trivial–the weather, some award show on TV last night, traffic, etc, but in between the small talk, throw in some personal dialogue that they’re avoiding. Maybe they end up talking about it when they said they wouldn’t. Or maybe they say nothing about it at all; in that case, try to find a way to show the reader what they’re both avoiding.
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