PREVIOUS NEXT FIRST I tried to speak a crystal Word...
el Greco's View of Toledo
I tried to speak a crystal Word
but spoke A Bird (instead)
I'd never heard

before :

Orange & Red
It flew above the solitude

as if gathering Meaning
for some marvelous Prelude
or A Great Beginning

but abruptly fell aground
as Conscience said
without a Sigh of pain :

"--If it had made a Sound
All would have been in vain.

It was merely (as-if) to tell
how seldom There (but Often

Here) Something Unspoken

cries louder than if Heaven fell
broken by a Scream that drear.

el Greco's Baptism of Christ