“Languages die like rivers.
Words wrapped round your tongue today
And broken to the shape of thought
Between your teeth and lips speaking
Now and today
Shall be faded hieroglyphics
Ten thousand years from now.
Sing — and singing — remember
Your song dies and changes
And is not here tomorrow
Any more than the wind
Blowing ten thousand years ago.”—Carl Sandburg, Languages (via weissewiese)