Wednesday January 14 – “and yet there are chances that come back”
A friend introduced me to the poet, W. S. Merwin. All sorts of recognition for his poetry. Makes me wonder how I’ve missed him all this time. Wikipedia’s short bio concludes: “In June 2010, the Library of Congress named Merwin the seventeenth United States Poet Laureate to replace the outgoing Kay Ryan. He is the subject of the 2014 documentary film Even Though the Whole World Is Burning.”
How many times have I noticed, remembering something that I had missed first time around, something that hindsight tells me was important, and becomes important in the remembering? Remembering, teaches St. Ignatius Loyola, can reweave the fabric of a life. “Attention should be paid to some more important places in which I have experienced understanding, consolation, or desolation.” (Spiritual Exercises Par. 118)
Have a good day.
john st sj
p.s. The University’s blog management system reports that today is poetry post # 201.
Today’s Post W. S. Merwin (1927 – )
Going too fast for myself I missed
more than I think I can remember
almost everything it seems sometimes
and yet there are chances that come back
that I did not notice when they stood
where I could have reached out and touched them
this morning the black shepherd dog
still young looking up and saying
Are you ready this time