The Loudest Voice

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The loudest voice
does not depend on volume;
Rather on words being said
Rational words that speak to issues;
Intelligent words that question and challenge.
The loudest voice plants seeds of thought
Dropped in the mind, words take root…
Long after they are spoken

Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Quadrille Monday at d’Verse has De Jackson asking us to consider the voice in all its forms. Then we are pick one and write a poem of exactly 44 words using the word voice!

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59 thoughts on “The Loudest Voice

  1. I love your version of the VOICE quadrille. I have not tried to join before, but I entered my quadrille this time after seeing yours. I didn’t see where to add a comment on that site, however, so I’ll just add it here. Thank you for your thoughtful poem and for encouraing others to join in. You’re right…. the loudest voice does not depend on volume!

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  2. Too many listen to the volume without thinking about what is being said. Nicely done, Dwight. And such a lovely photo, too.

    There’s a show about Roger Ailes (who founded Fox News). It’s called The Loudest Voice. I can only watch one episode at a time because I feel like I need to take a shower after I watch–what a horrible man! (I’m watching it because I’m writing a book on sexual harassment.)

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  3. Dwight! I love this poem….goes deep and so topical. You also remind me of my favorite poet, William Stafford. You have that directness and strength he had…and though dead since I believe 1993, his poetry also goes deep into my heart and life. If you haven’t discovered him, do so, but I think you have already. Some one asked him “What if your daily poem doesn’t meet your standards?” He replied: ” I lower my standards for that day.” LOL. He is one of the sanest poets I have read. No gilding, no bull. I think we all can learn from Stafford. I have 3 of his collections and I treasure them. You, again, remind me of his voice.

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      • Dwight? I don’t know why modern poets (us) don’t know about Stafford. It is a great dent in our knowledge. I like him better than Frost, I find him so…immediate to our own experience. Please check him out. He wrote daily until the day of his death, and still he completed a poem. A gentle man, a Quaker if I remember, but based in reality and country life. Not at all sentimental. Real.

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      • What a fascinating man. I read his bio and his poem Hutchison, about his home in Kansas growing up. You are right he is very down to earth. I must read more of his poems. Thanks for introducing me to him.

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      • You’re welcome, Dwight! you are in for a surprise. We over verbalize so much of our own poetry. I think that tanka and haiku changed my approach to poetry in general. And the simplicity of Stafford goes deep. What his writes about his parents personally goes deep. His father was a lot like mine. So was his mother. LOL. He spares nothing but is sparse in his execution. There is something so genuine about his poems, real Praire honesty that we don’t hear much any more/.

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      • I agree….we Westerners are so verbose! LOL. Not every poem is ‘great’ of Stafford’s and he made it a routine to write a poem a day…for 50 some years. I think that exercise clarifies the voice.

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