should you choose to accept it:
initiate a conversation
that another living person
might possibly take a moment’s interest in.
Think you’re up to the task?
that is only step one.
you must express continued interest
in the responses
and extend the dialog
with as much meaningful interaction
in both your parts
for as long as you comfortably can.
You must not check out early.
You cannot be rude.
You simply have to be engaged
and do everything you can
to share the space with your partner
in that moment
for the duration of that moment.
I believe you can take this on.
I believe it is necessary.
I believe it is a requirement for you to continue your assignment to be human
and to learn to live
amongst your people.
Your mission starts