Ancient Wonders: The Modern World

by Diane Jarvenpa

Origins of Writing
Illustration by Sheralyn Barnes

Illustration by Sheralyn Barnes

Fingers black and sticky,
I sit in this solitary narrow chair
spilling the salt and flowers
of ink figures onto paper.
You read these,
you keep them.
They are not the clay tablets of Elba,
they are not the gold votive tablets of Pyrgi,
they are not Chinese oracle bones.
They are signal, listing, record, symbol,
picture, keyhole, journey, shadow,
mistake, gaze, honks, spinnings,
pylon, chalk-lines, thicket, bubblings,
murmur, salvo, longing, promise.

Ancient Wonders - The Modern World by Diane Jarvenpa

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