Any Time

ANY TIME

by W. S. Merwin


How long ago the day is
when at last I look at it
with the time it has taken
to be there still in it
now in the transparent light
with the flight in the voices
the beginning in the leaves
everything I remember
and before it before me
present at the speed of light
in the distance that I am
who keep reaching out to it
seeing all the time faster
where it has never stirred from
before there is anything
the darkness thinking the light






W. S. Merwin has won many awards for his poetry, including the 1998 Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. His an epic poem, was published last year.


The Atlantic Monthly; February 1999; Any Time; Volume 283, No. 2; page 84.


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W. S. Merwin received the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in poetry for The Shadow of Sirius. His many works of poetry and translation include Present Company (2007), Migration: New and Selected Poems (2005), and a version of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (2004). He lives in Hawaii.

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