NPM09: "For the Anniversary of My Death" by W.S. Merwin

A few days ago on NPR's Fresh Air Terry Gross interviewed Pulitzer Prize winning poet W.S. Merwin.  I liked the poems he read.  Here's one he didn't read.

For the Anniversary of My Death
by W. S. Merwin

Every year without knowing it I have passed the day
When the last fires will wave to me
And the silence will set out
Tireless traveler
Like the beam of a lightless star

Then I will no longer
Find myself in life as in a strange garment
Surprised at the earth
And the love of one woman
And the shamelessness of men
As today writing after three days of rain
Hearing the wren sing and the falling cease
And bowing not knowing to what

Poets Academy also has a fine collection of short videos where different poets talk about life and poetry, including this one from Merwin...