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~ By Courtesy of Others ~

Song of the Utangardh

This is the place of exile,
the land of foreign gods, of foreign ways.
Hindi and Hebrew and Hopi chants
drown my own voice in tears;
My own language chokes me, half-stuck
in my throat.

Pounding church bells, driving shaman-rattles
shake my own prayer apart before it can form.
This is the sound of many-shaped chaos
far from the land of my strength,
far from the gods of my strength.

© Ingeborg S. Nordén 

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Image: "Verhüllte Gestalt der Amme (Veiled Figure of the Wet Nurse)", Anselm Feuerbach, German painter

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