Recipe for Voice

 

In the old haiku, geese fly through snow, directed by their voices. Now add Gandhi:

“The human voice can never reach the distance that is covered by the still small voice of conscience.” 

Stir in Virginia Woolf: “Masterpieces are not single and solitary births; they are the outcome of many years of thinking in common, of thinking by the body of the people, so that the experience of the mass is behind the single voice.” 

Pour in Audre Lorde: “I write for those women who do not speak, for those who do not have a voice because they were so terrified, because we are taught to respect fear more than ourselves. We've been taught that silence would save us, but it won't.” 

A jigger of Neruda: ”I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests.”

A splash of Marianne Faithfull: “The voice of God, if you must know, is Aretha Franklin’s.”

 

S.K. 

 

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