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30    The Man Speaks

The Man speaks
   to instruct the Other
   about things of which he knows nothing.

He speaks
   to overwhelm his opponent.

He speaks
   to cover his faults.

He speaks
   to be insensible to
   the bitter voice of conscience.

He speaks
   to turn away
   the appeals of the hurt.

And thus the Man,
   silencing Truth, Justice, and Holiness
   under a torrent of words,
   in that same torrent sinks himself
   along with his liberation.

Much more valuable,
for the world and for him,
would be to grasp the secret of silence,
so as to pick up
on the wavelength of the Spirit
a divine message
of faith, hope and charity.

Florence, 2 V 1984

English text by Simon Grant, based on the translation by George T. Peck
[Original Italian by Davide Melodia]