Voice Gets Extra Mileage

When we love,
our voices are soft,
the more we love,
the softer our voices become,
and there comes a time
when we don’t
even need to whisper,
because our eyes take over
the role of communication,
as our hearts grow closer,
closer and closer…

When the distance
between two hearts increases,
we need our voices again,
and the voices grow shrill,
shriller and shriller,
as the distance increases,
and there comes a time
when we start shouting
and yelling at each other
at the top of our voices,
while the other person is
right next to us…

The real distance
is not the physical one,
but between two hearts,
and the loudness of the voice
is directly proportional
to this distance, and the anger,
that causes the distance,
just to be audible to each other…

Let’s ensure that
mouth doesn’t get worked up unnecessarily,
let it do its job of ingesting food
more sincerely,
and let the heart do its job
of pumping blood more leisurely,
so that life can get extra mileage
in terms of miles
of smiles per hour…

–Kaushal Kishore

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  1. Beautifully said, Kaushal. The heart and loving; the mouth and speaking are the oars of the soul. Tread gently as you say so well..over life’s oceans with these mercurial “oars”.
    Marvelous wisdom…”mileage” is the perfect metaphor, I think.

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  2. By the time I reached the last section of your verse, I was smiling broadly. Sage advice, my friend!
    I have an acquaintance who believe if there’s a lull in the conversation, something is wrong in a relationship. I believe just the opposite and I enjoy the silent moments I share with my husband doing simple and ordinary things like sitting on the porch swing or sipping a glass of wine by the fireplace. Constant chatter isn’t necessary to show one’s affection. It’s the quiet, peaceful moments when love speaks the loudest.

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    1. I’m with you, Nancy, silence speaks more than words. It has more power and understanding. PDA has become the order of the day. The real love is quiet and talks the language of heart ❤️ thank you.

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  3. Thank you, Kaushal, for your wonderful thoughts on love, being happy, and not getting distracted by petty, undignified shouting matches.
    Love should make us better people and as the great Victor Hugo wrote:
    “Laughter is the sun that drives winter from human face.”


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    1. Wow! Lovely quote, Joanna! I like Victor Hugo. Thank you so much for your appreciation that leave me inspired and touched!


  4. Wow KK, this is deep and so elegantly written. You touch on something so true in such a powerful way…it reminds us all to connect to the heart even in the smallest ways. Thank you for sharing yet another gem, my friend 🤍🤗

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    1. I’m overwhelmed, Grace! Your touching words and deep reflections have brightened my day. I can’t thank you enough for your generosity 😊💖

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  5. Wow KK, this is so beautifully penned and I love the lay out. This line stopped me and tells the whole story for me “The real distance
    is not the physical one,
    but between two hearts,”
    And your last stanza is beautiful! 💞

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