aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,


Only in silence the word,
only in dark the light,
only in dying life:
bright the hawk's flight
on the empty sky.
-- The Creation of Ea

These lines appear on the frontispiece to Ursula K. LeGuin's novel, A Wizard of Earthsea. They are supposedly only a fragment of a much greater poem well-known in the lore of the society she writes about. Of course, only these lines were produced for the book. That said, these are powerful lines, and have stuck in my mind for some thirty years. They have a gnomic quality to them. I find myself applying them in all sorts of contexts, including educational methodologies and the communication of the gospel.

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