Friday, December 29, 2017

December 29: Hopes for the New Year, W. S. Merwin, "To the New Year"

I have hopes for the New Year.  I hope for health and happiness.  For the safety and happiness of my wife and children and friends.  Success in my writing and work and teaching.  Cheesecake.  I hope for cheesecake.  And maybe a few good poems.

Saint Marty wishes for running water and little snow tomorrow morning.

To the New Year

by:  W. S. Merwin

With what stillness at last
you appear in the valley
your first sunlight reaching down
to touch the tips of a few
high leaves that do not stir
as though they had not noticed
and did not know you at all
then the voice of a dove calls
from far away in itself
to the hush of the morning

so this is the sound of you
here and now whether or not
anyone hears it this is
where we have come with our age
our knowledge such as it is
and our hopes such as they are
invisible before us
untouched and still possible

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