Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

This Moment!

To Impatience

                W.S. Merwin


Don’t wish your life away

my mother said and I saw

past her words that same day

suddenly not there

nor the days after

even the ones I remember


and though hands held back the hounds

on the way to the hunt

now the fleet deer are gone

that bounded before them

all too soon overtaken

as she knew they would be


and well as she warned me

always calling me home

to the moment around me

that was taking its good time

and willingly though I

heeded her words to me

once again waking me

to the breath that was there


you too kept whispering

up close to my ear

the secrets of hunger

for some prize not yet there

sight of face touch of skin

light in another valley

labor triumphant or

last word of a story

without which you insisted

the world would not be complete

soon soon you repeated

it cannot be too soon.


yet you know it can

and you know it would be

the end of you too only

if ever it arrives

you find something else missing

and I know I must thank you

for your faithful discontent

and what it has led me to

yes yes you have guided me

but what is hard now to see

is the mortal hurry




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