the language of the long dead.
Its curious spelling and strange vocabulary
foreign on my tongue.
It called to me,
through intervening years,
a plea from those who penned the lines I read,
that they be understood and so live on
in books that many hands have held
some with care, some without.
developed and moved on,
a living thing,
adapted in spoken and written form,
so that it may convey, the messages of our time,
to include or exclude.
generations yet to be
will listen to the words
of long forgotten use
and hear the call