The Untranslatable Language

The world’s an untranslatable language
without words or parts of speech.
It’s a language of objects
Our tongues can’t master,
but which we are the ardent subjects of.

If tree is tree in English,
and albero in Italian,
That’s as close as we can come
To divinity, the language that circles the earth
and which we’ll never speak.

– Charles Wright, from The Ghost of Walter Benjamin Walks at Midnight

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