Mother of Swords

She promises to tell you a secret. She takes out a knife and begins to carve letters into solid rock. Language separates. Each word allows you to distinguish the thing from what it is not. The heart from the leg. The body from the throne. Science is a language. They use it to separate the true from the false. Money is a language. It separates the things you want from the things you don’t. The things you can have from the things you can’t.

I thought talking brings us together.

She almost smiles. This part she looks up and says to you. It does. It can. That’s one way to make things. You cut them apart so you can put them back together again.