17 May 2005

traveling with Merwin

About to embark on my travels, I began reading W. S. Merwin's Travels, this from the opening poem:

        . . . who
in the total city
will go on listening
to these syllables that
are ours and be able
still to hear moving through
them the last rustling of

paws in high grass the one
owl hunting along this
spared valley
the tongues of
the free trees our uncaught
voices reader I do
not know that anyone
else is waiting for these
words that I hoped might seem
as though they had occurred
to you and you would take
them with you as your own

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