House of the Unsilenced, hear us roar,
Beyond the four walls of our open space,
Hear us raise our voices with dignity and grace,
Harmonising our experiences into a symphony of sounds,
Amplifying our stories in digital surround,
Multiple narratives, mastered into one,
Yet not a “single story”,
Rather an intentional anthology,
Of entrusted vulnerabilities,
And survivors’ triumphs,
Hidden no longer,
Unveiled and unmasked,
Unrepressed and expressed,
Can you hear the sound?
Approaching a Crescendo,
House of the Unsilenced,
Hear us roar.
~ October 2019
Story behind the poem:
This was yet another poem that was prompted, triggered, birthed, inspired (not sure which word is most fitting) by something I heard someone say.
The specific someone was Eliza Vitri, who in her own words is a “Novelist, Artist, Rebel”. She was one of the panelist’s during a session at the Ubud Writers Readers Festival, entitled ‘Life after #MeToo’.
Towards the end of the session, Eliza mentioned an art project called House of the Unsilenced that began in 2018. Immediately on hearing those 4 words, the beginnings of a poem began in my head. The line that came to me in that moment was,
house of the unsilenced, hear us roar.
I decided that I would try and see where it would go, and if it did go anywhere, that I would try and share it. During my flight home a few days later, I finished writing something that felt shareable. Now I’ve shared it publicly with you. Feel free to share it yourself if you think it will connect with someone you know.
- Write-up on the House of the Unsilenced exhibition
- House of the Unsilenced Instagram