Saturday, March 19, 2011

to finding again


Everything else must have changed
must be different
by the time you appear
more than ever the same
taking me by surprise
in my difference
my age
long after I had come 
to the end 
of believing in you
to the end of hope
which was not even 
the first of the changes
when I imagined 
that I was forgetting you
you did not even need memory
to remain there
letting the years vanish
the miles depart
nothing surprising in that
even longing
does not need memory
to know what to reach for 
and nothing surprises you
who were always there
wherever it was
beyond belief

~ W.S. Merwin
from Present Company