I kiss the light.


A child looking at ruins grows younger
but cold
and wants to wake to a new name
I have been younger in October
than in all the months of spring
… walnut and may leaves the color
of shoulders at the end of summer
a month that has been to the mountain
and become light there
the long grass lies pointing uphill
even in death for a reason
that none of us knows
and the wren laughs in the early shade now
come again shining glance in your good time
naked air late morning
my love is for lightness
of touch foot feather
the day is yet one more yellow leaf
and without turning I kiss the light
by an old well on the last of the month
gathering wild rose hips
in the sun.

–W.S. Merwin

5 thoughts on “I kiss the light.

  1. Usually I get an email saying that you have a new blog post, but I see that I seem to have missed several! Or was simply in such a disturbed state of mind that I failed to recognize them….This poem is very beautiful……I read a blog called The Velveteen Rabbi, written by a woman who is a progressive (I think that is the corrrect term) rabbi and a poet. I really liked the one she posted a few days ago. I think you might also like it.


    1. I do like that poem. It’s very thoughtful of you to send me the link. The idea of His untangling of us reminds me of an ancient prayer that I read once and made into a song, “The Lord makes wise the blind, and straightens those who are bent.”

      Sometimes when I am really out of sorts, and my mind doesn’t seem to be receptive to much, I read through poems that I have collected and almost always find a thought or image that I can connect with and that is calming. I don’t know why that is, except that poetry has the potential to somehow communicate with the whole person….?


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