do you remember how we used to be able to tell the difference without even trying? before the line of reality began to blur and we knew without a second thought where we stood. now it is harder to tell and we question one another while still stubbornly refusing to show any vacillation ourselves. but this too is temporary and soon our own words will become so pregnant with nuance they will pause for a moment to wonder if we just said what they think we just said, or if there is something hidden under the surface of those sounds and letters. but before getting too far into this query they will grow impatient and move on to the next idea that hangs before their noses, ringing with cold clarity, and not notice as we sigh and shake our heads and we fumble with stacks of carefully-articulated proclamations as we slip quietly out the side door.