aphasiaA Poem by PARVINDER MEHTA
aphasia: from ancient Greek, "speechlessness" - an impairment of language ability. This class of language disorder ranges from having difficulty remembering words to being completely unable to speak, read, or write. [Wikipedia]
no rhyme or reason
neighbors in treason
check marked list
no name victims
... failed words
July 25, 2012
Conversation about this article
1: Loveleen Kaur (San Diego, California, USA), July 25, 2012, 3:19 PM.
You've left me speechless -- and breathless! Vivid images -- powerful, painful and evocative. Bless you for the carefully crafted words.
2: Jaspreet Kaur (Birmingham, United Kingdom), July 25, 2012, 3:51 PM.
Hard hitting, blow by blow, line by line, breath by breath. You remind me of another wonderful poet on this very site - Michele Gibson (haven't had much from her recently, though). Like her, you shook me up, and brought every pore alive again.
3: K.P. Singh (Indianapolis, Indiana, USA), July 26, 2012, 6:40 AM.
We often hear the prayer: if the wounds, spirit, and soul of the victims could speak ...you, Michele Gibson, and a number of other gifted souls are doing just that, and we are reminded of the magnitude and horror of the darkest chapter in recent Indian history. Such powerful words and testimony of the survivors of unconscionable tragedies paint a thousand images of inhumanity and outrage against innocence and innocents and continuing acts of violence in many areas around the world. God is witness to this assault on His children and the voices of conscience are our daily prayers and petitions before the Lord to heal the wounds, redress past failures and wrongs, and make this earth a place where human dignity and justice for all are man's offering at His lotus feet. "Lord, hear our prayer!"
4: Jimmy (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada), July 26, 2012, 9:14 AM.
I might be too young to know, but is this about the Partition days? Either way, I've got goosebumps.
5: L De La Foret (Northampton, United Kingdom), July 26, 2012, 12:16 PM.
I've got a lot of comments about aphasia because I have it. The words tell it all - perfectly. I found some others too http://redoable.wordpress.com/2012/04/25/now-i-can-explain-in-words-what-this-thing-in-my-brain-does-they-call-it-aphasia/