Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Inside a Country Dialect

A human being is like the rod
Moses held or the words
that Jesus said.

The outer is just a piece of wood,
or mouth-sounds of a country dialect,
whose inner parts can divide
the green ocean and make the dead
sit up and smile.

You see the far-off tents
of an encampment. You go closer.

There is a dust-shape, someone walking near.
Inside that, a man, bright eyes
and the strength of his presence.

When Moses returns from the wilderness
where he has gone alone,
Mount Sinai begins to dance.


Susan said...

Very nice, Ruthie. Did you do this one for me? The dialect part, I mean? I don't really think I have the power of Moses. ;-}

Ruth said...

Oh, Susie! I didn't think of that, but the timing is perfect, no? I just types 'em as they come, and this was June 2 in the book. Parfait.

Susan said...

synch-ro-niz-ing...we're doin' it right!