Letter to the White Imbongi

These are the thoughts of the Locust thrum—

From the ripple, the thought is the Rock is God
From the Rock, the Earth
From the Earth, Sun-Moon
From They the thought is the Milky Spiral
The spiral known as the Eye of God
And from the Eye all space is His
Gift of glorious and of noble heights
And from the Eye all space is Hers

These are the thoughts of the Locust thrum—

Praise them then— the Locust mind, the flights of Stone,
All Earths, their Suns and every Moon
Praise Galaxies
Praise Space— Her heights!

These are the thoughts of the Locust thrum
That which is done. That which is done

 

Imbongi, in South African tradition, is the name/title of a poet. Imagine a great imbongi with imbongi friends who relay information from afar—In particular, this letter about thoughts that the writer supposes have come from a distant cloud of locusts.

Published in: “Letter to the White Imbongi” 2013: “3201 e’s” 2018

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