Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

By the Mouth of Two or Three

Academic journal article Dialogue : A Journal of Mormon Thought

By the Mouth of Two or Three

Article excerpt

If the world were truly and wholly sullen,

the starlings would never sing-never.

They would see only blood in the clouds

of sunrise and sunset and hold their peace

until the last of any remaining songs blurred

deep into the earth never to rise again.

But every morning, every evening, they hold

court in a cluster of trees and shimmer-each

dazzling feather dipped in black-shimmer

with ancient ululations that echo the notes

of Judaean tragedy. Something of this tragedy,

it is true, is worth the singing, or the starlings

would never sing, never, and I, I would never

trouble you, nor anyone else, with this temple

and its walls made up of days and its solitary

window to look through those days and there

discover a life where all birds sing a truth even

the most doubtful will someday acknowledge. …

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