W.S. Merwin Quotes

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W.S. Merwin Quotes

Of course there is nothing the matter with the stars It is my emptiness among them While they drift farther away in the invisible morning
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We are asleep with compasses in our hands.

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What you remember saves you.

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The story of each stone leads back to a mountain.

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Part memory part distance remaining
mine in the ways that I learn to miss you

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Send me out into another life
lord because this one is growing faint
I do not think it goes all the way

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My words are the garment of what I shall never be
Like the tucked sleeve of a one-armed boy.

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What I remember I cannot tell
though it is there in all that I say

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I will take with me the emptiness of my hands. What you do not have you find everywhere

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All these years I have looked through your limbs
to the river below and the roofs and the night
and you were the way I saw the world

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I believe in the ordinary day
that is here at this moment and is me
I do not see it going its way
but I never saw how it came to me
it extends beyond whatever I may
think I know and all that is real to me
it is the present that it bears away
where has it gone when it has gone from me
there is no place I know outside today
except for the unknown all around me
the only presence that appears to stay
everything that I call mine it lent me
even the way that I believe the day
for as long as it is here and is me

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This is what I have heard at last the wind in December lashing the old trees with rain unseen rain racing along the tiles under the moon wind rising and falling wind with many clouds trees in the night wind.

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Any work of art makes one very simple demand on anyone who genuinely wants to get in touch with it. And that is to stop. You've got to stop what you're doing, what you're thinking, and what you're expecting and just be there for the poem for however long it takes.

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You grieve Not that heaven does not exist but That it exists without us

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There are aspects of human life that are not purely destructive, and there is a need to pay attention to the things around us while they are still around us. And you know, in a way, if you don't pay that attention, the anger is just bitterness.

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I wouldn't be happy about being considered a love poet or an environmental - I don't want any of those tags.

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I have been younger in October
than in all the months of spring.

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Of course there is nothing the matter with the stars It is my emptiness among them While they drift farther away in the invisible morning

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My cradle was a shoe.

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