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By Michael A. Griffith


Sky-wide phoneme inventory
and obscure lexicons,

a cut of tongue
and cup of truth
to understand you fully.

To know true meanings and speak plain
as whales tell no lies in their arias
and bees are never false in their dance.

To whisper a word to the wind
and make the hurricane stop.

To speak to my elders as they sleep
and hum like a child as I drift off to join them.

To laugh in French and to sing in Welsh.

To read the Upanishads in Navajo
and to say "I love you" in Semaphore.

To understand me fully
cut to truth and cup my tongue
in obscure phonemes
and sky-wide lexicons.

Article © Michael A. Griffith. All rights reserved.
Published on 2018-08-20
Image(s) are public domain.
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