Wednesday, May 29, 2013

W.S. Merwin, for a Wednesday morning

Variation on a Theme

by W. S. Merwin

Thank you my life long afternoon
late in this spring that has no age
my window above the river
for the woman you led me to
when it was time at last the words
coming to me out of mid-air
that carried me through the clear day
and come even now to find me
for old friends and echoes of them
those mistakes only I could make
homesickness that guides the plovers
from somewhere they had loved before
they knew they loved it to somewhere
they had loved before they saw it
thank you good body hand and eye
and the places and moments known
only to me revisiting
once more complete just as they are
and the morning stars I have seen
and the dogs who are guiding me


love this. ~Ally


Charlotte said...

Me too.

lauren said...

love all these recent poems! Thanks for sharing them. I don't read enough poetry. I think I will read some from Mom's new book with the kids at nights.