Thanks

Thanks

Listen
with the night falling we are saying thank you
we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings
we are running out of the glass rooms
with our mouths full of food to look at the sky
and say thank you
we are standing by the water thanking it
smiling by the windows looking out
in our directions

back from a series of hospitals back from a mugging
after funerals we are saying thank you
after the news of the dead
whether or not we knew them we are saying thank you

over telephones we are saying thank you
in doorways and in the backs of cars and in elevators
remembering wars and the police at the door
and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you
in the banks we are saying thank you
in the faces of the officials and the rich
and of all who will never change
we go on saying thank you thank you

with the animals dying around us
our lost feelings we are saying thank you
with the forests falling faster than the minutes
of our lives we are saying thank you
with the words going out like cells of a brain
with the cities growing over us
we are saying thank you faster and faster
with nobody listening we are saying thank you
we are saying thank you and waving
dark though it is

– W. S. Merwin

Especial thanks to the wise and wonderful Lianne Raymond for pointing me to this poem yesterday.  Of course, it arrived at the precise right moment.  Gratitude has been very much on my mind.  And not just because of Thanksgiving.  xoxo


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2 Comments

  1. Posted November 25, 2011 at 10:30 am | Permalink

    This is entirely new to me – thank you so much. I’ll stash it away with my other treasures, many of which I have found through you, Lindsey.

    Thanks to you and Lianne – I love it when my worlds overlap…

    XOXO

  2. Posted November 25, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Permalink

    What a perfect poem for today. I’d never read this one, but I am going to add it to my list of poems to re-read as I think I’ll get something more out of it each time I read it.
    Utterance is one of my favorites by Merwin. Here it is in case you’ve never read it before.
    http://jacquelincangro.wordpress.com/2011/04/05/april-is-poetry-month/