The incident at Babel was a gift
and not the punishment
it seemed at first.
It gave the human spirit a great lift.
Despite our brief confusion,
we’re not cursed.
A plethora of languages
expands our concept of the world
in which we live and spurs our desire
to understand new paradigms.
To receive and to give translations
from other times and nations
means that we must reach approximations,
make allowance for interpretations,
even extrapolate new creations.
it is good to know
that we cannot express,
in one tongue,
all we see.
Poet's note: The biblical story of the Tower Of Babel, is actually the eleventh chapter of the Bible. Since it is in essense the story of the impoverishment of human understanding or when language was "bankrupted," I felt it was appropriate to subtitle this "Language's Chapter 11."
Created: Apr 17, 2014Poeteye Document Media