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The First Four Books of Poems : A Mask for Janus, the Dancing Bears, Green with Beasts, the Drunk in the Furnace / W.S. Merwin. - W. S. Merwin

The First Four Books of Poems

A Mask for Janus, the Dancing Bears, Green with Beasts, the Drunk in the Furnace / W.S. Merwin.

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Published: 1st April 2000
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I make no prayer
For the spoilt season,
The weed of Eden.
I make no prayer.
Save us the green
In the weed of time.

Now is November;
In night uneasy
Nothing I say.
I make no prayer.
Save us from the water
That washes us away.

What do I ponder?
All smiled disguise,
Lights in cold places,
I make no prayer.
Save us from air
That wears us loosely.

The leaf of summer
To cold has come
In little time.
I make no prayer.
From earth deliver
And the dark therein.

Now is no whisper
Through all the living.
I speak to nothing.
I make no prayer.
Save us from fire
Consuming up and down.

Evening with Lee Shore and Cliffs

Sea-shimmer, faint haze, and far out a bird
Dipping for flies or fish. Then, when over
That wide silk suddenly the shadow
Spread skating, who turned with a shiver
High in the rocks? And knew, then only, the waves'
Layering patience: how they would follow after,
After, dogged as sleep, to his inland
Dreams, oh beyond the one lamb that cried
In the olives, past the pines' derision. And heard
Behind him not the sea's gaiety but its laughter.

The Fishermen

When you think how big their feet are in black rubber
And it slippery underfoot always, it is clever
How they thread and manage among the sprawled nets, lines,
Hooks, spidery cages with small entrances.
But they are used to it. We do not know their names.
They know our needs, and live by them, lending them wiles
And beguilements we could never have fashioned for them;
They carry the ends of our hungers out to drop them
To wait swaying in a dark place we could never have chosen.
By motions we have never learned they feed us.
We lay wreaths on the sea when it has drowned them.

ISBN: 9781556591396
ISBN-10: 155659139X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st April 2000
Publisher: COPLEY & ASSOC
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.84 x 15.29  x 2.24
Weight (kg): 0.45