Tuesday, April 08, 2014


Thank you to my friend Katherine for this:

"I was never sure that monogamy would overtake me. But it did when I met Paula." —W. S. Merwin in conversation with Bill Moyers. 26 June 2009.


Coming into the high room again after years
after oceans and shadows of hills and the sounds
after losses and feet on stairs

after looking and mistakes and forgetting
turning there thinking to find
no one except those I knew
finally I saw you
sitting in white
already waiting

you of whom I had heard
with my own ears since the beginning
for whom more than once
I have opened the door
believing you were not far

—W. S. Merwin. The Rain in the Trees. (Knopf, 1988.)