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30    Man Speaks

Man speaks
   to dominate another
   on things he doesn't know
   to overcome an adversary
   to hide his faults
   to be deaf to
   the bitter voice of conscience
   to avoid
   the call of pain.

So it is that man
   burying the true, the just, and the holy
   under a river of words,
   drowns in that river
   himself and his freedom.

Much better it would be
for the world and for him
to learn the secret of silence,
and thereby receive
on the wavelength of the Spirit
a divine message of
faith, hope and charity.

Florence, 2 V 1984

Translation by George T. Peck

[Original Italian]

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