Ursula  K. Le Guin
Ursula K. Le Guin

I find this poem by Ursula  K. Le Guin inspiring in my quest for Max and Zoe’s multilingualism.


Invocation

Give me back my language,
let me speak the tongue you taught me.
I will lie the great lies in your honor,
praise you without naming you,
obey the laws of darkness and of metrics.
Only let me speak my language
in your praise, silence of the valleys,
north side of the rivers,
third face averted,
emptiness!
Let me speak the mother tongue
and I will sing so loudly
newlyweds and old women
will dance to my singing
and sheep will cease from cropping and machines
will gather round to listen
in cities fallen silent
as a ring of standing stones:
O let me sing the walls down, Mother!

Translation by Diana Bellessi

 

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