Thursday, March 17, 2011

to being late

Again again you are
the right time after all
not according to 
however we planned it
unforeseen and yet
only too well known
mislaid horizon
where we come to ourselves
as though we had been expected
you are where it appears now
and will stay from now on 
in its own good time
it was you we came to 
in the first place
hearing voices around us
before we knew what they said
but you always surprise us 
it is you that we 
hurry to
while you go on waiting
to the end of space
and when we get to you
we stop and listen
trying to hear whether
you are still there

~ W.S. Merwin
from Present Company