Tuesday, 21 June 2011

The Voice

In as much as untrained "writers" like me are able to express our thoughts through blogs and facebook, it takes natural talent and skill to use the written word to project our voices.

Without the help of the voice, sometimes our writings get misinterpreted. When we think we are funny, readers think we have a lot of agro.

However when we speak, the manner and tone of our voice reflect our true feelings (unless we are actors of course) which in certain cases can be actually hurtful to the one listening.

So... on the one hand we must be careful how we write to avoid misinterpretation, and on the other we should be careful how we speak in order not to give away our true feelings.

This delightful poem by an unknown writer explains:

“It’s not so much what you say,
as the manner in which you say it;
It’s not so much the language you use,
as the tone in which you convey it.
’Come here’,I sharply said,
And the child cowered and wept.
“Come Here", I said and he looked and smiled,
and straight to my lap he crept.

Words may be mild and fair,
But the tone may pierce like a dart’
Words may be soft as the summer air,
But the tone may break my heart’
For words come from the mind,
Grow by study and art,
But tone leaps from the inner self,
Revealing the state of heart.

Whether you know it or not,
whether you mean or care,
gentleness, kindness, love and hate,
envy, anger are there.
Then, would you quarrels avoid
and peace and love rejoice?
Keep anger not only out of your words
keep it out of your voice."

But that would be just suppressing negatvity, wouldn't it?

Once in a while,  I'm game for verbal badminton too.


Cat-from-Sydney said...

Aunty Zen,
Whatever it is, what's more important is the "niat" kan? The poet is spot on. purrr...meow!

Pak Zawi said...

Soft loving words should be the daily dose and sharp harsh words only to be used sparingly otherwise it will lose it's effectiveness on the young children.

Wan Sharif said...

Nice and educational (to me at least).. the poem I mean ;)

Zendra-Maria said...

Cats... betul niat kena murni selalu *mewni,mewni*

Zendra-Maria said...

Pak Zawi, indeed soft loving words are like medicine for the hardened heart also :)

Zendra-Maria said...

Ayoh Wang, sila praktikkan... the poem I mean... hehehe