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One Hand Clapping What is the Sound of a Single Hand? When you clap together both hands a sharp sound is heard; when you raise the one hand there is neither sound nor smell... Hakuin Ekaku Zenji (1686-1768) She speaks to me - a foreign movie without subtitles; a dubbed version of an english feature - snippets of dialogue recognizable amid aphasic speech. Audio and visual feed out of sync in dyslexic pattern; the face familiar, the words incomprehensible. It is in the eyes that I read her meaning, double projectors they impress on cognitive screen. Imploring her to slow the reel of words, she shrugs, breathes deeply and retraces her steps; rewinds the sequence of gibberish through dysfunctional dendrites and starts over. Unexpectedly, there is a freeze frame, the spool unravels and all goes blank. She attempts to splice severed synapse of film; grabs an HB pencil with balled fist, scribbles and pushes the pad towards me with the lead firmly implanted into the paper: When I speak, it feels like I'm one hand clapping.
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