may we all be heard
words are bells
let them ring!

Thom World Poet Austin, Texas, USA
Global Radical networker and activist for promoting the live Creative Arts,
at every possible opportunity, especially in his home-city, Austin, Texas, USA

Friday, January 6, 2012

what happens is

someone says something-someone else records
a third party stores-others follow-simple as air or water
Bibles,Koran,Meditations,Dead Sea Scrolls-
none written by original creators
many hundreds of years afterwards
censored,edited,banned,cast as heresy
emerging in a Frankenstein format
like Arthur Waley's version of Chinese poetry
Robert Bly's Rumi-and any Russian poet translated
into any non-Slavic alphabet.We are always at least one degree removed
from Original Source-largely oral,apocryphal,improvised
made for immediate associates-rarely with linguistic flexibility
sufficient to forestall divergent interpretations/Crusades/factions/Jihads
People die for others' words.When they only want to live via them.
Next Inquisition or witch hunt-carry a larger caliber

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