Thursday, August 03, 2006

Are Tears Speech?

I asked the barren earth,
watching the last goodness leach.

I asked the farmer,
who grew me the poisoned peach.

I asked the river,
stagnant, full of bleach.

I asked the dolphin,
panting life out on the beach.

I asked the butchered kite,
on hearing its final screech.

I asked the drowning sky,
slipping out of reach.

And presently. I turn to you
and ask of each

Dry your eyes,
make our tears speak!

The title is taken from the work of the Sufi poet Rumi when he wrote, "Is weeping speech?"

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