Good Night

by W. S. Merwin


Sleep softly my old love

my beauty in the dark

night is a dream we have

as you know as you know


night is a dream you know

an old love in the dark

around you as you go

without end as you know


in the night where you go

sleep softly my old love

without end in the dark

in the love that you know


             –from The Shadow of Sirius (Copper Canyon, 2009)


I thought being late in posting this one seemed appropriate, not that you can’t read it in the early morning, as I did after picking it last night, but there is much night, dream, dark in this that an evening or night read seems best. It’s a beautiful poem, simple as a blade of grass but rich and elegantly, smoothly complex, like a blade of grass. All those repetitions of line and phrase, shifting slightly, like a field of tall grass, alike and different. Read it to or for someone you love tonight.

Read yesterday’s Thought. Thought of the Day (TOD) is selected by Rick Larios, Monday-Friday, minus public holidays and an arbitrarily chosen summer vacation. Saturday and Sunday, Stacey will be selecting TODs from the archives of past postings. Often, but not always, a comment comes with the quote. TOD originates as a personal email list-sharing and is further shared here with permission. A poem appears in full on Fridays; the copyright belongs to the poet and/or publisher. Buy poetry you like. It will be good for you, good for poets, and order from your local community bookstore and it will be good for them too.