For me, words were images of sounds first and foremost.
I remember very well how when I was a child I captured words that I heard from adults.
I remember very well how when I was a child I captured words that I heard from adults. I memorized them according to how they sounded. There was an inherent tone within the language that was familiar to me. When it came to speaking, I would recall a word through the particular fluidity of its intonation. It would then become easy to recall and I would use it.
It was not until I reached the age of ten that I began to realize that words had “definitions” to be found in dictionaries. But for me, words were images of sounds first and foremost. Maybe this was because music was the only language that consistently kept me company. In this language, written signs relate to musical tones and not to intellectual concepts.
The language that I express myself in presents itself as the language of imagination woven into stories. For these are my imageries expressed in my language; imageries and language that I feel impelled to share with others in the world.
Audio: Studio Elie Saba