February 2024

On Finding My Voice

Kim P Sami’s entry On Finding My Voice was highly commended in The Good Oil 2023 Writers’ Award, which has the aim of supporting and encouraging emerging and published writers.


On Finding my Voice

On Finding my Voice, I wonder:

Was my Voice somehow lost?

Did I lose her,

Leaving her forsaken?

Did I not care enough about her to keep her safe?

Did I even realise she was gone?


Was she lost in the cacophony of other voices,

Louder, more experienced, older?

Making her feel small, unimportant,

With nothing to offer?


Family, school, church –

Do what we tell you, we know better than you.

Do what we tell you, you’ll never go wrong!

Too young, too female, too different!

What could you possibly say that would be worth hearing?

Worth knowing?


Television, movies, social media, online content, books …

Voices, voices everywhere!

Which ones to drink?


Did I know I had a Voice?

Did I know I had a choice?


The Creator of me, of my Voice (and us all)

Was always with me.

Like a tree, taking time to grow,

The urgency to speak, be seen, known, to share, increasing.

Like the prophet Jeremiah, discouraged,

Yet couldn’t stay silent.

Like our First Nations people,

Voices stolen, ignored,

Can be silenced no longer.


Speaking with an authentic Voice,

We never speak alone.

United with the One,

And those who have gone before us,

With the prophets of old, of today,

Martin Luther King Junior,

Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop,

Jesus of Nazareth,

We gain the courage to speak,

In truth, for justice, for love’s sake …


Joined  with the spirit of this ancient land,

And the Uluru Statement from the Heart,

I pray:


Tho’ the rhetoric of government
May keep us worlds apart
There’s no misinterpreting
The language of the heart
Love in any language
Straight from the heart
Pulls us all together
Never apart
And once we learn to speak it
All the world will hear
Love in any language
Fluently spoken here
from Love in Any Language, sung by Sandi Patty.

Kim P Sami

Kim P Sami lives in southwestern Sydney. Over the years, she has been involved in many different parishes, including Music Ministry and Liturgy. Now retired, Kim worked as a social worker in aged care for 30 years. Her book, Orisons: Soulful Reflections, was published in 2021.

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