What we once writ

what was lost when we first writ
when spirit turned to bone
to earthly purpose was ether fit
and airy words carved into stone

silent words unsounded
ideas etched on pages
into thick books bounded
libraries for the ages

when wet ink’s waters evaporate
leaving fixed freeze-dried forms
sad archive’s suspended state
like wintering gladiolus corms

these songs are shushed and silenced
what can this coded codex bring
so spirit can in ages hence
breathe life and cause this page to sing

from these shriveled sigils and signs
our minds and hearts can interpret
with love and magic finds
that which was lost when we first writ

 

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4 thoughts on “What we once writ

  1. That sounds like common meter to me. I liked how the end echoed the beginning.

    I like the idea. This is how I summarize it: Writing preserves words but the process has to leave out the author’s subjectivity. The book is something objective. That subjectivity returns through the reader when the objective book is read.

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  2. It sounds to me like an act of creation in the first stanza, then being frozen in time and print, then resurrected later in life. I really like the usage of the first stanza especially.

    what was lost when we first writ
    when spirit turned to bone
    to earthly purpose was ether fit
    and airy words carved into stone

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