LLM Mbatha

Rookie (kwa-Zulu, SA)

What Is In A Language? - Poem by LLM Mbatha

Language carries in it the history of a people
The history that begins way before
The conception of that particular language
Every myth, idiom, or story told carries
In it the memories of an ancient infancy
Of a development that comes in stages
As that of a child crawling, walking
Developing a thought, a philosophy
Creating poetry and song
What is in a language is not just relevant
To the people that use it, but it is also relevant
To the entire community of languages
Like the fragments of a great puzzle
Every language has in it the bits and pieces
Lessons to be learned; things significant
To the history of mankind, things significant
To the growth and development of all

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Poem Submitted: Saturday, July 5, 2008

Poem Edited: Sunday, July 6, 2008

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