Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Our Oldest Alphabet


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If it’s true that flesh is clay
and the history of our lives
is written in the lines on our faces
—then this must be our oldest alphabet,
a proto-cuneiform, a language that admits no lies.

And on our palms, the gypsies say
the future’s written—but in a different alphabet
a shifting tongue of ifs and maybes,
of unformed possibilities.

Of all these lines, the bottom:
the past is written on your body
it made you what you are
the future is written on your hands
you make it what you will.

--image courtesy of Thrilling Wonder

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