Tuesday, September 21, 2010

to the happy few

Do you know who you are
O you forever listed
under some other heading
when you are listed at all
You whose addresses
when you have them 
are never sold except
for another reason
something else that is
supposed to identify you
who carry no card
stating that you are -
what would it say you were
to someone turning it over
looking perhaps for
a date or for
anything to go by
you with no secret handshake
no proof of membership
no way to prove such a thing
even to yourselves
you without a word
of explanation
and only yourselves
as evidence
~ W.S. Merwin
from Present Company
photo by edmund teske