The Impressionable Heart

Is someone truly present if their absence leaves no hole?

A footprint in the mud should not make me feel lonely,

but it does and the sadness creeps in again.

A footprint in the mud is all about impressions,

about the presence of something leaving a mark in its absence.

An impression is

proof of presence,

proof of existence.

True impressions are only left on the human heart if the human is willing to press into something.

Like the mud that presses up into the soles of the boots that touch it, so the heart presses into the soul of the one that meets it.

You can try for

hours,

days,

years,

lifetimes,

to push your presence onto another’s heart, but without them leaning back into you it will be fleeting.

You can impress yourself upon another’s mind, but the mold is fluctuating and any marks made will fade when you depart.

Nothing is as permanently impressionable as the heart, and so permission must be granted through reciprocation.

Reciprocation.

One heart pressing into another.

This is love.

This is friendship.

This is presence.

This Christian buzzword with its hollow connotation, stripped of all genuine meaning by hollow words and hollow promises.

So I will ask you again,

Is someone truly present if their absence leaves no hole?

No.

True and genuine presence is a result of two hearts making reciprocal impressions.

Absence is not truly absence

when it leaves no hole,

when no thought is given to the other,

when your insistences to them that you

love them,

care for them,

have befriended them,

fall on empty ears, for you possess an empty heart.

So I ask you new questions,

Will you fill those empty words?

Will you press into another’s heart no matter how fearful you may be?

Will you cease handing out lies about love, friendship, and presence?

A footprint in the mud should not make anyone feel lonely.

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