Polyglot Glut

Source: oracmuseum.upen.edu
There is no Hebrew left to right

      But only right to left

There once was Greek both back and forth

     Like the turning of a plow

While vertical Chinese ideograms

      Run horizontal now.

Egyptians have their hieroglyphs

      Assyrians their cuneiform

But back to front or upside down

There’s no written writing norm.

Eric Jensen, SJ, works in the Spiritual Exercises ministry at Loyola House, Guelph, Ontario. He also paints and writes. He is the author of Entering Christ's Prayer (Ave Maria Press, 2007)and Ignatius Loyola and You (Novalis 2018).

  • Vicky Chen
    Posted at 07:43h, 21 May Reply

    Interesting observation, Eric. Happy Pentecost! All these could be expressed and understood, perhaps in music without word?

  • Peter Bisson
    Posted at 10:35h, 23 May Reply

    Thank you Eric!

  • Peter LeBlanc
    Posted at 22:36h, 24 May Reply


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