APRIL IS POETRY MONTH: W. S. Merwin's 'Sight'

  APRIL IS POETRY MONTH: W. S. Merwin's 'Sight'

From the pen of former U.S. Poet Laureate W. S. Merwin: the love poem as origin story.

Sight

Once
a single cell
found that it was full of light
and for the first time there was seeing

when
I was a bird
I could see where the stars had turned
and I set out on my journey

high
in the head of a mountain goat
I could see across a valley
under the shining trees something moving

deep
in the green sea
I saw two sides of the water
and swam between them

I
look at you
in the first light of the morning
for as long as I can

 

 

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Excerpt from THE RAIN IN THE TREES. Copyright (c) 1988 by W. S. Merwin. Excerpted by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, a division of Random House, LLC, New York. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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