Friday, April 1, 2011

Poetry Friday: Thanks


Listen 
with the night falling we are saying thank you 
we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings 
we are running out of the glass rooms 
with our mouths full of food to look at the sky 
and say thank you 
we are standing by the water thanking it 
smiling by the windows looking out 
in our directions 

back from a series of hospitals back from a mugging 
after funerals we are saying thank you 
after the news of the dead 
whether or not we knew them we are saying thank you

over telephones we are saying thank you 
in doorways and in the backs of cars and in elevators 
remembering wars and the police at the door 
and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you 
in the banks we are saying thank you 
in the faces of the officials and the rich
and of all who will never change
we go on saying thank you thank you

with the animals dying around us 
our lost feelings we are saying thank you 
with the forests falling faster than the minutes 
of our lives we are saying thank you 
with the words going out like cells of a brain 
with the cities growing over us 
we are saying thank you faster and faster 
with nobody listening we are saying thank you 
we are saying thank you and waving 
dark though it is
 -- W.S. Merwin 

Today's Poetry Friday Roundup is at The Poem Farm.

7 comments:

Rodak said...

You're a better man than I am, Dubya-Ess.

Pentimento said...

: )

Andromeda Jazmon said...

This brings tears to my eyes. Thank you.

Amy LV said...

I am so glad that you posted this today. My heart will come back to it again and again. A.

Judy@Learningtoletgo said...

May I piggyback here with my offering for Poetry Friday? I somehow can't get the comments box over at Poetry Farm to work.

My poem is lots of fun, and a real favourite of mine.

Thanks for any help---
http://happycatholic.wordpress.com/2011/04/01/poetry-friday-abandoned-poems/

Pentimento said...

I like the poem, Judy! Thanks for sharing it here.

Mac said...

One of my favorite Merwin poems, which is saying a lot.