Like a coalminer in the bowels of the earth

(poem 19 of 32)

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Like a coalminer in the bowels of the earth
We produce coal and precious stones
And how shall we know what is there in the bowels of the earth
If we do not illuminate it
The poems are minerals and noble metals
Precision mechanics of chaotic material

The particles of conjunction and relation screw components on each other
The tongue is a set of tools and the tongue is internal world
And external world and world in itself
The tongue is the consciousness itself
The tongue is the history of a nation
Like rings around a tree's bark

The tongue collapses, falls mute, shifts after trauma
One use of the words covers the light
Another use of the words warms, illuminates, produces sparkles
From the bowels of the earth, fertilizes darkness, fertilizes her



Translated from the Hebrew by the author, © 1996 Ella Bat-Tsion, http://dapim.net