By Shannon Kenny
PROMPT — Despite ...
* Written as Shannon was waiting for her husband who was undergoing chemotherapy for an aggressive lymphoma.
In the waiting area of the public hospital where my husband is receiving treatment
I shut my eyes and listen
as the words of others —
English, isiZulu, isiXhosa, Shona, Afrikaans, French, Sesotho —
first ricochet off walls and ceilings
then gather on the floor
like dust to rise and swirl about the room as
a whirlwind of consonants and vowels
are woven by accent, timbre, pitch, tone, rhythm
into worlds, meaning
misheard, misinterpreted, modified
punctuated by pause
our very core as they are molded
within a few short breaths,
to provide comfort
and the assurance
that we are still alive
Shannon Kenny is an actor and writer from Durban, on South Africa's sub-tropical east coast. She delights in the love and life of those she holds dear. Shannon is a prisoner of Hope — that the world is, through the long arc of history, becoming a more just, more equitable, kinder, and joyful place to live.