Can you imagine putting words
to the tune of thunder’s crashes
or the ocean waves’ roars?
Can thunder and waves have
sufficient diction to articulate
songs of consonants and diphthongs,
inflections that make understandable
language? Yes, I can imagine thunder
speaking clearly, “Praise the Lord!”
I think I can hear the ocean’s mighty
crashing on the shore, and it says
in salt-seasoned, dependable repetition,
“The Almighty reigns!” And the sound
of a crowd, no longer indistinct, speaks—
no, shouts—as with one roaring voice,
“Let us be glad and rejoice!
Let us give honor to the Lord!”
The I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder.
“Praise the Lord!
For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.
Let us be glad and rejoice,
and let us give honor to him…”