Wednesday, July 21, 2010

When You Go Away

This is a poem written by the new poet laureate, W. S. Merwin, who also shares his last name with me. In case you don't know, the poet laureate is a poet who is appointed by a government and is often expected to write poems for State occasions and other government events. I absolutely love this poem and I hope you will too.

When You Go Away
By W. S. Merwin

When you go away the wind clicks around to the north
The painters work all day but at sundown the paint falls
Showing the black walls
The clock goes back to striking the same hour
That has no place in the years

And at night wrapped in the bed of ashes
In one breath I wake
It is the time when the beards of the dead get their growth
I remember that I am falling
That I am the reason
And that my words are the garment of what I shall never be
Like the tucked sleeve of a one-armed boy