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(24 January 1961 / South Africa)

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A Tone Of Voice [REVISED]

How is it possible for a tone of voice to
convey so much aggressive accusation,
such dissonance – all sensitivities of an
unfortunate hearer are compromised,
heart enraged – how is it possible to
incorporate so much offence in a voice

Each long-drawn vowel constitutes an
attack on feelings of a hearer, an only
way to break the spell is to silence the
raucous noise, switch off the phone –
words of bitter recrimination exploding
like toxic waste from a poisoned heart

Survival is escape from this deliberately
abrasive mentor who afterwards claims
innocence, victim surrounded by people
who are unable to appreciate gifts she
ungraciously bequeaths with insane
disrespect

Thursday 15 August 2013

Submitted: Thursday, August 15, 2013
Edited: Thursday, August 15, 2013


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