Joseph McGork loved to perform the Spoken Word.
His poetry ranged from pleasant & beautiful to delightfully absurd.
He shared his gift loudly,
His family spoke of him proudly,
Until one day, he had a horribly unexpected allergic reaction to an experimental antibiotic medication, resulting in the complete destruction of his speech faculty. Now, breathing is a chore, and even attempting to speak gives Joseph excruciating pain, all of which he internalizes because crying and/or screaming only causes more debilitating pain. He exists now in constant, torturous silence, and he can only consume food prepared as a smoothie-like paste.