The Giving of Tongues
by Jim HayesIt was late in the sixth day and God had one last chore—
to give mankind the gift of speech (a thousand tongues or more).
“Listen to my voice,” He said “It tells what you will speak!”
The Irish listened and got Erse, the Greeks heard, then spoke Greek.
The French obtained an accent that Lotharios would die for,
the Scots acquired a dialect impossible to decipher.
His task was near completion, that’s when all the angels scoffed—
the Dutch began to speak in Dutch as God got tired and coughed.