The Written Word
Energy of thought is a palpable force
And must be expressed.
So Language evolves - a living thing.
We honour the first storytellers and the bards.
But - symbols scratched from stone to paper
Power more influence
Than a person can effect in a lifetime.
Communication across Death
Is a privilege we barely notice.
A book renders ideas visually concrete,
Cross-pollinating civilizations and cultures,
To bind together, or to break apart.
The book itself is only a vehicle.
We, the readers, make the choice.
Today we can cast off into galaxies
To plunder the dazzlement of space,
Or probe exponentially the ‘Space of Nothing’ -
We excel in the physical
Visible and invisible.
Yet the Light of Language remains almost unknown,
Words of our world springing from mind to mind -
As we are now, as we were so in ages gone.
More than pots or tombs or tools or towers
The written word bridges humanity.
Cynthia Buell Thomas