Your voice is meaningful already.
I write on the words you’ve typed
because I want to hear you.
Your phrasing is awkward here
because speaking about your own
observations is uncomfortable.
What is it you want to say about
this topic. Why is it significant
to you. Here is your own language,
you can compress it and craft
small castles, or you can kick it
apart into shrapnel, crumbs.
Language has its claws in how
we feel. We try so hard not
to say something, not to feel it,
and train it to grow stronger.
A student said to me, accidentally,
I mean, I’m so angry all the time.
I understand him. There was a good
old days we can never be a part of,
no one can because it did not happen.
Nowadays, in today’s fast-paced
world, this is how students begin
essays, trying to slow experience down,
grabbing at anything around them
and feeding it into Microsoft Word.
What is in you that this life needs.
Untangle your anger to find it. Respond.