On Writing 2

to the seekers of words

who know

to put words

to memory

is to let history live

continue the promise

of our ancestors

provide a future

for our children

and advance our soul-force

to use words

understanding their importance

how language shapes and identifies things

how it takes the mystery

out of darkness

and illuminates the magic

of life

words wet as the sea

hot as the sun

sticky as gum

flexible as elastic


naming the beginning

and trying to define the end


much more than

a mouthful

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