For My Niece

One day, I hope that you will speak

Find your voice that sounds so much like you

Doctors and scientists dangle a promise

the hope to resynthesize your voice

with computers, artificial technology to make you sound like you

Maybe then we can talk on the phone

In the future we can talk with ease, no longer straining to hear your voice

No sacrifice in the long pauses and strained words

Technology will fix it, this thing that you were born with

Down the road, you will communicate with others in a way that makes it easier, more fluid


We wait for the change that will make life easier

We hope

We pray

But what do youย want?

How do you feel about today?

The here and now?

The promise of “fixing” you must sting, those words harsh, cold

You are more than a voice, broken by birth

You are more than a limp and low muscle tone

You are more than a label, a disability

You are my niece and I love you.







  1. That was very touching. I’m almost in tears.

    • jaydenyoung6767

      March 19, 2014 at 1:20 pm

      This reminds me about SRRF don’t let disability’s to stop you from things you want to do people with disability’s are the same inside and outside We are all the same

  2. Nice strory almost made me cry ๐Ÿ™ hope she gets her voice back.

  3. Awwwwwww that’s sooo sweet!!
    My favorite line is: “No sacrifice in the long pauses and strained words”

  4. The same as skatergurl7 It really touched me my favorite phrase was “technology will fix it.”

  5. why doesn’t she like those voice boxes

  6. delaneyisadowns2

    March 19, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    I thought that this was a very touching story. And I like how you explained how you felt. And now after reading this again, I realize that instead of this meaning to be a sad story, it is more of a reassuring, hopeful story.

  7. This piece was unbelieveibly moving. A golden line I heard was, ” Doctors and scientists dangle a promise.” It was very hopeful. ๐Ÿ˜‡๐Ÿ™

  8. I like the lines that says,”Doctors and scientists dangle a promise the hope to resynthesize your voice”
    I like it because I thought that line stood out.

  9. nickoprather88beep

    March 19, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I feel bad that she can’t talk but hopefully with the new technology she will.

  10. I really liked We hope we pray because I know that someday in the future you will hear her vice ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. “We pray” stood out to me because it feel’s your giving hope. I almost got into tears.

  12. I like who you said ” We hope We pray but what do you want?”

  13. I like the line

  14. I liked the part when you said “you are more than a label, a disability” because it reminded of srff.

  15. I connect to this because my best friend Maddie had epilepsy and we did not want her to feel less than other peolpe and know that she was loved.

  16. “Fixing”you must sting” That line stood out to me because yes she has a disabilitie but she is not broken she doesn’t need to be fixed she just has a disabilitie.

  17. I really liked how you said ‘you are more than a disability’ because that shows how much you care about her.

  18. Can she talk right now? That was very touching

  19. This poem shows love, caring, and not giving up hope. I enjoy it because I was capable to feel good.

  20. That’s a very nice blog! It made me feel happy and sad.

  21. My favorite line that you wrote is “The promise of โ€œfixingโ€ you must sting, those words harsh, cold” because I think that it shows how she feels about the labels.

  22. I hope she’ll get her voice

  23. Elisa Waingort

    March 29, 2014 at 4:58 am

    We are more than labels. We are individuals who happen to have this or that situation in our lives. These situations don’t define us but society pushes us in that direction. How to make others see how damaging this is to all of us…Thank you for sharing.

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