Dilemma

words

Disintegrate the symbol from the man
and disengage the woman from her theme.
Attempt to break the linkage if you can
of thought to word to pan-humanic dream.
At first of all, we read there was the word,
so language somehow antedated speech.
We wonder how that ordering occurred –
but paradox exceeds our verbal reach.

So we assemble syllables to give
our thoughts and messages the means to move,
but language starts to shape the way we live
as soon as it’s created. Do we prove
ourselves by forming words to make us shine,
or from our language plumb our heart’s design?

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