When he had grown,
completed his training,
Tydrus went to his uncle
who secured him a boat
and stocked it well so
that none could say
it lacked for men or weapons or larder
sent Tydrus out, of his leave
to gain fortune and increase the worth
of the value of his name
“So that it will spread,” said Uncle,
“to your cousins, my sons
and your brothers and your uncles.
They will be seated better at feasts
wherever they are in the world.
That is the value of worth,” said his Uncle.
“How can words travel so far so fast?” asked Tydrus
“Some of my people are far flung across the world.”
Uncle laughed. “You will see.”
and Tydrus did
travelled up the seacoast to the ice
down to the edge of the sand land
where they make black men
and out to the deep, nothing but water.
He saw and heard so many things
all through the veil of uncle’s laughter
and laughed himself, once he knew
as fast as ships travel
tongues travel faster.