A Voice to be Heard

I have a voice!

Of course I have.  We all have a voice!

But that’s not strictly true.  Some people are mute, they never ever speak audibly.

Ah yes, there is a point there, but did you note the subtle nicety that, although someone cannot speak, they can still be ‘heard’.

That can only be a good thing.  Everyone should be able to have their voice heard, but we all know that all voices are not equal.

But what can we do about that?

We can carry on speaking, making our voices heard, even when we think our voice is inaudible.  

We have to speak the truth.  We have to speak the love.  We have to speak the beauty.  We have to speak the peace.  We have to speak the forgiveness.  We have to speak the reconciliation.

I have never before watched a Presidential Inauguration all the way through, as it happened.  Yesterday I did, and I am glad that I did.  There was much common sense, much compassion, and great reason for hope.

Did you hear Amanda Gorman’s poem?  Amanda, America’s Youth Poet Laureate, gave a stunning oration and, at the age of only 22, spoke better than the majority of politicians do nowadays.  Her words embody the hopes and dreams of all right-thinking people. She is smart, bright, articulate.  A lady to watch, learn from, and encourage to do wondrous things in the future.

Her final words spoke volumes, and should speak to all the world, not just to America.  Her voice, and ours are voices to be heard.

When day comes, we step out of the shade aflame and unafraid. The new dawn blooms as we free it.

For there is always light.

If only we’re brave enough to see it.

If only we’re brave enough to be it.

30 thoughts on “A Voice to be Heard

  1. I was glued to CNN the whole day and watched the new dawn break over Washington. I shed a few tears at the inauguration and at those wise words spoken by President Biden.

    I was also struck by the informality compared to here in the UK.

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  2. Yes!
    Oh, what a wonderful post, Peter!
    And it WAS a beautiful moving important hope-filled inauguration!
    Loved Amanda’s amazing poem! I think the world will be seeing much more of her in the future!
    Keep speaking!!!
    (((HUGS))) 🙂

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    1. It always amazes me how different renditions of the same poem can be so diverse. I once spent hours listening to different readings of “Daffodils” by Wordsworth. Some are awful and do nothing for me whatsoever. An example is by Jeremy Irons – he has no feeling for the words at all!

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