The Storyteller

Can you hear me?
Do my words have meanings?
do they manifest  insight,
as you hear them,
by the fire?
Or do you just hear the sounds
weaving together,
without the meanings?
“There, I’m done
I heard every word.”
What do you know,
then,
about me?
What insights have you gleaned?
from the stories I have told?
I am more than a set
of symbolic sounds crucially placed
next to other collections.
With each word, each sentence
I paint a picture for your mind
Futures not remembered,
pasts revealed, visions of the present
meanings live between the words
I ask only that you take
what is freely given
I am keeper of the oral history
past, future, and present
I am storyteller, knower of signs and omens
I am spoken

I am poem

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