Language Says by Amir Or

Language says: before language
stands a language.  Language is traces
stained by over there.
Language says: listen now.
You listen: here was

Take silence and try to be silent.
Take the words and try to speak:
beyond language, language is a wound
from which the world flows and flows.
Language says: is, is not, is,
is not.  Language says: I.
Language says: come on, let’s speak you,
let’s touch you; come on, say
you’ve said –


Date: 2004 (original in Hebrew); 2006 (translation in English)

By: Amir Or (1956- )

Translated by: Fiona Sampson (1963- )

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