Wednesday, November 04, 2009

The knowing look

A voice lost is a voice that hasn't been used. Hoarse, broken, shady - not excess of use but a complete lack of use. Preceded by a brief attempt to reside in an octave that is not usually yours. Signaled by a breakdown of the system you know so well. Tongue, palate, vocal chords - all rendered useless - not by a misuse of power but by an ignorance of power.

That is when you are asked. You must, of course, be asked.

Do you know what would be said with the voice that has been lost? Do you want to know?

3 comments:

Kevin Smith said...

A voice, I believe, should always be offered the prospect of being heard. Even if it's been otherwise dormant up until now. So yes, I'd like to know.

Mouse said...

"The gunfire around us makes it hard to hear. But the human voice is different from other sounds. It can be heard over noises that bury everything else. Even when it’s not shouting. Even when it’s just a whisper. Even the lowest whisper can be heard – over armies..when it’s telling the truth."
— Edmond Zuwanie, The Interpreter

The voices that I hear best are those that whisper and the words will always find a way to be heard if one cares enough to hear them

Nicole said...

Kevin - Yes, I believe you, of all people, would.

Mouse - I love that quote - thank you.