Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Message -or- The Hermit

The package says
  "Hermetically Sealed"
Does that mean solemnized by ascetic monks
  living in the desert with only sand and vows
  and three words a year,
  praying for the souls of mankind?
There is a small gasp of sound,
  a cry of hope? relief?
  sorrow? sympathy? joy?
  as the wrapper opens,
echoing, perhaps, the half-spoken,
  unthought longings
  of the hermit and his order,
  sealed away in the hinterland
  of elsewhere,
  breathing a language
  I can't hope to fully understand.

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