William Stanley Merwin

(September 30, 1927 / New York / United States)

William Stanley Merwin Poems

1. For The Anniversary Of My Death 1/13/2003
2. Air 1/13/2003
3. My Friends 1/13/2003
4. For A Coming Extinction 1/13/2003
5. December Night 1/13/2003
6. It Is March 1/13/2003
7. Beggars And Kings 1/13/2003
8. Any Time 1/13/2003
9. Before The Flood 1/13/2003
10. The Burnt Child 1/13/2003
11. When You Go Away 1/13/2003
12. The Source 1/13/2003
13. Green Fields 1/13/2003
14. The River Of Bees 1/13/2003
15. Some Last Questions 1/13/2003
16. Yesterday 1/13/2003
17. Term 1/13/2003
18. Whenever I Go There 1/13/2003
19. Separation 5/9/2011
20. Unknown Bird 1/13/2003
21. The Speed Of Light 1/13/2003
22. Vehicles 1/13/2003
23. End Of A Day 5/9/2011
24. Wish 1/13/2003
25. Shore Birds 5/9/2011
26. Echoing Light 5/9/2011
27. Remembering 5/9/2011
28. A Codex 5/9/2011
29. Shadow Hand 5/9/2011
30. Another River 5/9/2011
31. The Ships Are Made Ready In Silence 5/9/2011
32. A Letter To Ruth Stone 5/9/2011
33. Identity 1/26/2015
34. To The New Year 3/24/2015
35. The Love Of October -new- 4/9/2015
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For The Anniversary Of My Death

Every year without knowing it I have passed the day
When the last fires will wave to me
And the silence will set out
Tireless traveller
Like the beam of a lightless star

Then I will no longer
Find myself in life as in a strange garment
Surprised at the earth
And the love of one woman
And the shamelessness of men
As today writing after three days of rain
Hearing the wren sing and the falling cease
And bowing not knowing to what

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For A Coming Extinction

Gray whale
Now that we are sinding you to The End
That great god
Tell him
That we who follow you invented forgiveness
And forgive nothing

I write as though you could understand
And I could say it

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