502 - Memento Mori

too much English is spoken in the world.
that is why it is good it finds a check
in a dead language whose shades unfurl
red and black in the wind - for cautious treks

through spells liturgies rites - yet most alive
in farce or sung in a Mass’ setting.
what is Latin for a gun ? that tongue thrives
when closest to death and regretting

the dark lake of tyranny its poets
fished in - lit by strokes of divination
grace and fortune. not so much stoically
endured - as by skits and mime. no nation

spoke so much of death before it died.
it impersonates the dead and tongue-tied.

Woodford Halse
19 May 2021