All posts tagged: power of words

Voice for the Voiceless

When your faith-full correspondent lost her voice a week back, she had a revelation. As she was forced to be the ears only in group conversations and point hopelessly at her throat when asked a direct question, mouthing “lost my voice” (or attempting a syllable and getting something sounding more like a strangled donkey on four packets a day), she pondered how much she disliked the experience. To have no voice is to disappear a little. When friends are milling and someone hollers over the din, “Who wants a cuppa?” your rasp dissipates into background noise of sniffs and laughter and footfall on floorboards. When you answer the phone, the caller hello-hello-hellos until just before hang-up when they hear your fragile whisper. Don’t feel sorry for me – I’m just saying that this was a silver lining moment; a revelation of what it is to be truly voiceless. Last week, I was an unborn baby, a person living with disability, a child without parents, a woman with dementia. I felt a minuscule speck of what …