Tughra (Official Signature) of Sultan Suleiman. Istanbul, Turkey. c. 1555-1560. Ink, opaque watercolor, and gold on paper.

I had this friend that I’m studying with for three years and we always had this ongoing joke between each other that we should never have a conversation because we are already fascinated by each others appearances and behaviour just by observation, and talking to each other might just break the magic. We kept this promise for a while and only acknowledged one another non-verbally. But two days ago we were sitting in this bar with all our friends and they were all busy with their own talking and stuff and we had no other choice, cause we are both quite socially awkward, so we started to talk about undiscovered tribes, and trees as higher entities, monks, meditation, conspiracy, religion, drugs and so on, it was quite nice for a first real conversation ever. And then he was like ”we all should go somewhere else cause i’m really up for some dancing” and i just couldn’t agree more “yea, talking to much is so exhausting” and then he agreed with me too. I’m so glad we broke our promise and got to talk to each other.


Jan Cieślikiewicz