Aphasia is a voice disorder resulting from damage to the brain. This damage can be caused by sudden injury or develop slowly. Aphasia is one type of many communication disorders.
Wake up without words
Grasping at air like a child begging for attention
A bit of warm water and honey
Can’t save your voice
Months of visits to airtight coffins with icebox walls
And wintery hands against your throat
Told you to speak and heard only the sounds of a Galton’s whistle
Silence. No diagnosis.
I speak for you now
That I know what permanence means
What if I end up like her
Your lips, two camellia petals brushing against each other
Pushing out prayers
Everything will be okay
The first lie I ever spoke.