Friday, February 4, 2011

the comet museum


So the feeling comes afterward
some of it may reach us only
long afterward when the moment 
itself is beyond reckoning
beyond time beyond memory 
as though it were not moving in 
heaven neither burning farther
through any past nor ever to 
arrive again in time to be 
when it has gone the senses wake
all through the day they wait for it
here are pictures that someone took
of what escaped us at the time
only now can we remember

~ W.S. Merwin
from The Pupil