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Sandburg, Carl

Languages


There are no handles upon a language
Whereby men take hold of it
And mark it with signs for its remembrance.
It is a river, this language,
Once in a thousand years
Breaking a new course
Changing its way to the ocean.
It is mountain effluvia
Moving to valleys
And from nation to nation
Crossing borders and mixing.
Languages die like rivers.
Words wrapped round your tongue today
And broken to shape of thought
Between your teeth and lips speaking
Now and today
Shall be faded hieroglyphics
Ten thousand years from now.
Sing--and singing--remember
Your song dies and changes
And is not here to-morrow
Any more than the wind
Blowing ten thousand years ago.


Oldfield, Brenda M

Words, Oh Sweet Words


Words, oh sweet words

You brighten me, and you enlighten me
You care to be spoken
Whilst embracing me, to listen

Words, oh sweet words

Your essence in harmony, animates my motions,
Which synchronise images, of your timeless notions
Thus, your melody sings, an echo of mine
The rhythms I be, sculpt, a silhouette of thine

Words, oh sweet words

Your poetic charms, solidify, my keynote affections
Soothed, by a stillness, in your lucid dimensions
Ah, your splendour in meaning, truly comforting
The tenderness, in your gentle tones, deeply touching

Words, oh sweet words

Youíre music to my ears, like the joys, of my youth
Understandingí, is the maestro, of your truth,
Composing my bliss, brighter than, the stars above
Aye, my wisdom is awakened, by your lingo of love

Words, oh sweet words

You are the harvest, nourishing my will
Seducing my thoughts, like an open daffodil
Refining my goodness, in stormy kinships
Securing my needs, connecting my friendships

Words, oh sweet words

As you synthesise, my imagination leaps
When youíre playful, I laugh in hearty heaps
Console and I devour, your healing delights
Unite and I inhale, your energising insights

Words, oh sweet words

Without you, how could I,
Create a lullaby, classify and simplify
Hear my senses, or write these lines, so inclined
Even caress my emotions, and placate my mind

Words, oh sweet words

Oh yes, you set me free, to communicate
Neither good nor bad, you just create,
But, only manís follies, deem you so
Eclipsed only, by your resplendent flow

Words, oh sweet words

Without you, who could I be? A loud bore
Gibbering without heed, like some squealing boar
Ah, what would I do? Rally, on my tenterhooks,
For your symbols in life, in kindness, and in books

Words, oh sweet words

Because of you, I can breathe
Mankindís highest joys, thus you bequeath
A symbiosis, despite my greed, to hear thy guide
Rendering me a voice, so together we abide

I live by you! I am you! Oh sweet, incarnate words