Pilgrim on a Long, Long Journey
“People like me write because otherwise we are pretty inarticulate. Our articulation is our writing.”William Trevor, an Irish novelist, playwright, and short story writer.
“We still need a voice that thinks before it speaks.” Simon Armitage, a British poet, playwright and novelist
Speech, for me, can fall far short of pleasing communication. When I take the time to write these essays, I might edit one for the umpteenth time, hours later. Looking back, something, suddenly, looks inarticulate, lacking clarity.
I have phrases that erupt when I speak, that have no context, that come from left field (or perhaps that’s right field), that elicit blank stares. On the other hand, those blank stares are what make speech, potentially, more effective than well edited writing. We have from the living, grunts, stares, raised eyebrows, but, SOMETIMES, smiles.
Who said it would be easy?