BABEL

How many miles to Babylon?

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Merfyn Peake
Listen to the spirit language
in silence

Is there a voice?
No human voice.

Words?
They are unbidden, uncalled for:

All the words in the world
but that we seek
Unwordly, unworldly, unsounded.

To get there
and back again
no need to count the miles
but kindle the flame
which flickers, falters
for a candle space
a candle time.

Listen! - they are timeless,
the smooth words flowing,

Hardening to roughness:
corrugations
in the runnels
of history.