William Morris Meredith Jr.

(January 9, 1919 – May 30, 2007 / New York City)

William Morris Meredith Jr. Poems

1. Rhode Island 1/20/2003
2. Parents 1/20/2003
3. Accidents of Birth 1/12/2012
4. Starlight 1/12/2012
5. Tree Marriage 1/12/2012
6. Effort At Speech 1/12/2012
7. Navy Field 1/12/2012
8. Thoughts on One’s Head 1/12/2012
9. Last Things 1/12/2012
10. Earth Walk 1/12/2012
11. The Cheer 1/12/2012
12. In Loving Memory of the Late Author of Dream Songs 1/12/2012
13. Love Letter from an Impossible Land 1/12/2012
14. The Open Sea 1/12/2012
15. The Wreck of the Thresher 1/12/2012
16. The Jain Bird Hospital in Delhi 1/12/2012
17. Notes for an Elegy 1/12/2012
18. Politics 1/12/2012
19. “Do Not Embrace Your Mind’s New Negro Friend” 1/12/2012
20. The Illiterate 1/12/2012

Starlight

Going abruptly into a starry night
It is ignorance we blink from, dark, unhoused;
There is a gaze of animal delight
Before the human vision. Then, aroused
To nebulous danger, we may look for easy stars,
Orion and the Dipper; but they are not ours,

These learned fields. Dark and ignorant,
Unable to see here what our forebears saw,

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