Calligraphy

The Universe starts with a line
Completes in a word
All that’s imagined can occur
Once it’s written

Writing the clipped curl of a cloud
The shrill cry of a hawk
Teaches where nature lives in you

The Chinese empire once seven nations
None could speak one to the other
Then all their words became
Forced by law to read the same
Officials made words into art
As nature is in all parts art

You can describe your life
Any life
In lines and dots and curves
The Universe murmurs secrets
Confides its terrors and dreams
Asks you to write all these things
In your single voice that sings

Today you begin
Start with a dot
Proceed with a line
Each will birth more
And all will know each other
In time