Keep today your silences

Keep today your silences. The world
screams everything a man might wish to say.
One need not speak of snowflakes in a blizzard
nor curse at war with Armageddon here.
The Elements – Earth, Fire, Water, Air –
are dying now despite your litanies,
and Man’s unconscious, precognized defeat
is agonized through trumpets made for joy.
Nothing that needs saying needs be said.
The meaning of a word ends with its speaker. The listener
hears a meaning of his own.
If you must speak, speak personally,
of love.

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