Perhaps the World Ends Here, So I’ll Talk About It
JOY HARJO: The world begins at a kitchen table. No matter what, we must eat to live.
SERHIY ZHADAN: Everything started with music, with scars left by songs
HARJO: The gifts of earth are brought and prepared,
ZHADAN: heard at fall weddings with other kids my age.
HARJO: set on the table.
ZHADAN: The adults who made music. Adulthood defined by this–the ability to play music. As if some new note, responsible for happiness, appears in the voice.
HARJO: So it has been since creation, and it will go on.
From “Perhaps the World Ends Here” by Joy Harjo and “So I’ll Talk About It” by Serhiy Zhadan.