Through the Ages by Herb Kauderer

Through the Ages
Herb Kauderer

The Pythia at Delphi 
observed in passing
that poets touch people 
with their words 
but do so 
without understanding 
what those words mean.

The poets do not understand the people
either, yet their touch means so much
that people seek them out
to feel their words
as confused poets  devote whole lives
to second hand connections
pushing forth symbolic language
across a distance of continents
languages and ages.

Hearts and minds connect without regard
for the duration of flesh
and so an oracle millennia gone
reaches out to mold us in the image
of Olympian myths
as we bask in moonlight
touching our cultural ancestors,
yet unconnected to our lunar footprints
so impossibly far away.

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