It’s often spoken in the dark—
a wordless, worldly wisdom
we tell to the oracle
instead of the other way round.

When the ears and voice of reason
fail, there’s a secret language
that whispers to the silence
inside, as if to the future,
though loud enough to wake
the dead, but allay the dread
of it.

Whether bowing low,
or on our knees, it’s
another Pentecost
we welcome,
the Holy Spirit come down
to speak to us again
in tongues.

William Greenway’s seventh full-length collection, Everywhere at Once (2009), winner of the Ohioana Poetry Book of the Year Award, is from the University of Akron Press Poetry Series (2003). He has published in Poetry, The American Poetry Review, Georgia Review, The Southern Review, Poetry Northwest, Shenandoah, and The Prairie Schooner.

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