Thoughts for My People

Words to hear

I am without words to speak tonight.

 

I am still in disbelief that too many of my people with very little words to be heard had them taken away forever, and even more are at loss of words due to severe injuries and stress… all because of a man who believed his words were to be heard for they were spoken the clearest.

 

Maybe he was right about being heard.

Maybe we should have listened when he uttered words of discrimination and disrespect for others’ lives.

Maybe we should have listened when he wrote words of definite and specific intention to harm others.

Maybe we should have listened to the words he spoke through sudden shift in behaviours towards extremism.

 

I am still in disbelief that none of us heard his loudly repugnant words, that none of his words raised enough caution in us to prevent his unspeakable robbery of the words, that none of those who could have intervened exchanged words with one another to come up with a coordinated measure. We could have heard his words, but acted to not hear him out.

 

Maybe if he was unable to maintain an open channel of communication, exchange ideas, and play catch of words with others, he was the most challenged of all the challenged he so disregarded. None of his words would be comprehensively clear to us, and by his own logic, they are not to be heard.

 

Then, maybe he was wrong about being heard out.

Maybe it is not about capability. Those without words still have a say.

Maybe it is not about loudness. Those who speak softly still have strength.

Maybe it is not about extremity. Those who struggle to live ordinary lives still matter just the same.

 

Maybe all words in all forms must be heard… how will we know otherwise what to hear out and what not to?

 

I am without words to speak tonight.

But I pray in my mind that the words of the slain will not go unheard. I pray with my people that we will hear out every single word of theirs, even the faintest ones, to never let another take away the words of others so rudely.

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