Friday, February 4, 2011

under the day

To come back like autumn
to the moss on the stones 
after many seasons 
to recur as a face
backlit on the surface
of a dark pool one day
after the year has turned
from the summer it saw
while the first yellow leaves
stare from their forgetting
and the branches grow spare
is to waken backward
down through the still water
knowing without touching
all that was ever there
and has been forgotten 
and recognize without
name or understanding
without believing or
holding or direction
in the way that we see
at each moment the air.

~ W.S. Merwin
from The Pupil