i am witness to the threshing of the grain
i am witness to the threshing of the grain the man of corn hanging from a dry oak bough bade us to be silent in our flailing he bade us the understanding that pervades the silence that is veiled his whisper is no louder than the locust bade us no louder whrr chk chk whrr whrr chk chk flailed man threshed and scythed hung man of the harvest wheat bearded one unfleshed none the mistletoe on our smoky plain thus man sheared by the sun sterile fruit of the dry oak bough hanging turned gently to caress a wing of crows and turned and saw and bade us to be silent
From Journey to the End by John Hoffman. Copyright © 2008 by John Hoffman. Used by permission of City Lights Publishers. All rights reserved.