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The Multitude

Ellen Hinsey 1960 (Boston)



Standing at the edge is the great Multitude.

They inch forward in their rags and hunger.
Their movement along the ground lifts
the sound of ancestral migrations.

They are carrying the dark water of need
in their eyes; they are carrying the first
vowels, the first consonants,

But their mouths are silent, and watchful.

And the great scavenging wings hang over them;
the raven eyes hunting among the muteness
of the winding cortege.

Beside them are the pools filled with the specters
of famine, civil war, drought--

They become one body, a muscle of need.
A testament of want.

And night--which is always upon them-rides them
like the wild horses of the storm-filled plains.

They will inherit the earth only when the final
pilgrimage is done.

For in this life, the crystal lake and the great sword
of understanding, raised high, will not show
them mercy.

Far off, in the West, a light burns brightly. But
it is not for them.
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Ellen Hinsey

Ellen Hinsey is a European/American author and independent researcher. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, she has lived, traveled, researched and taught in Europe, based mostly in Paris. Her work is concerned with literature, history, philosophy and democracy. She is the author of eight books of essays, dialogue, poetry and literary translation. more…

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