2015-06-30

Who Will Speak?

Andreas Lie

Amazing artwork by: Andreas Lie (You can purchase very affordable prints here.)

WHO WILL SPEAK?

by: Linda Hogan

If all the animals came from the hills,
if all the fish came from the rivers,
and all the birds came down from the sky
we would know our lives,
small,
somewhere between the mountain
and the ant.
We would see what we do pass by
and return
around Earth’s curve.

All I know are these rivers,
and the air and wind
carving down the trees
with their invisible hands
until the trees are bent figures of old men
and then only empty space.
a longing that passes.

And the sorrow says,
the animals,
who will speak for them?
Who will make houses of air
with their words?

And the mouth of a man,
the tongue
that belongs to grass and light
and the four-legged creatures.

He speaks of tomorrow.
He gives voice to small animals.
He gives a seat to the eagles.
Words for the fish.
The golden light of creation.

Light.
Lumine.
The world returns.

I do not want to break this spell.
I do not want the words to fall away.
I do not want to break this spell.

— Linda Hogan from her book¬†Dark. Sweet.

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