Language

W. S. Merwin

 

Certain words now in our knowledge we will not use again, and we will never forget them. We need them. Like the back of the picture. Like our marrow, and the color in our veins. We shine the lantern of our sleep on them, to make sure, and there they are, trembling already for the day of witness. They will be buried with us, and rise with the rest.

 
From The Book of Fables by W.S. Merwin. Copyright © 2007 by W.S. Merwin. Reprinted by permission of Copper Canyon Press.

Poems by This Author

For the Anniversary of My Death by W. S. Merwin
My Friends by W. S. Merwin
My friends without shields walk on the target
One of the Lives by W. S. Merwin
If I had not met the red-haired boy whose father
Thanks by W. S. Merwin
Listen
Variation on a Theme by W. S. Merwin
Thank you my life long afternoon
Yesterday by W. S. Merwin
My friend says I was not a good son


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