Your Voice

Do not remove the clapper from the bell

Deborah Barchi
Jan 12 · 1 min read
Pixabay image by Pezibear

Your voice is not a sound.
Your voice is you.

It is not air strumming your vocal cords,
slipping through your throat,
pummeling your lips.

Everything you hear or see or feel,
everything you learn and come to know
becomes your voice.

Packed in many layers, unique and responsive
to what hurts you, what pleases you,
from your first breath to your last.

Do not remove the clapper from the bell.
Let your voice ring out over the fields
to startle the sparrows and lift their wings.

Soar with them over the mountains
and return to the springs of cold, clean water
that waving grass and scented flowers call home.

Cherish your voice.
Bid it welcome, clasp it tight,
then share it with the world.

Your voice is not a sound.
Your voice is you.

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Deborah Barchi has recently retired from her career as a librarian and now has time to read, explore nature, and write poetry and essays. 824drb@gmail.com

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