Toward Darkness - D.R. Wagner
ALLOWING THE LANGUAGE
We cannot ever bring back the dragons.
That was the agreement back when we
Came to the high camps. Even if
We were without hope we had vowed
Not to say their names aloud.
Their gift for this was a new language. it took so
Little time to gain its usage. We were amazed
To be speaking it in groups within a fortnight.
It had a quality of song about it.
I am going to allow the language
But it will speak as tigers, terrible
As the dawn might be or the nights
Great majesty, for the words have power
They power all and you may dance or you
May fall, swirling on a pause that
May be a comma or nothing at all.
The eyebrow of the beast may twitch
And we will run from the forest
To the shore and I may
Never know you or I may know
You all. There is no sound upon
As we see the tiger in its glade,
But its eye will see you,
Smell the warmth of meat of which
You are made and find you almost
To Charon’s boat, now blue,
Now only a shade.
The burrs of understanding
Every language in the world,
Their curious cadences we use
To ride. The horses come from heaven
To do our bidding as we beg
to become the night that we might
See feel the language fill our sight.
I am going to allow the language to
Dwell here for its famous moment.
A purity we are amazed to have privy to
Even as we open our mouths.