Remembering Summer

Being too warm the old lady said to me

is better than being too cold I think now

in between is the best because you never

give it a thought but it goes by too fast

I remember the winter how cold it got

I could never get warm wherever I was

but I don’t remember the summer heat like that

Only the long days the breathing of the trees

The evenings with the hens still talking in the lane

And the light getting longer in the valley

The sound of a bell from down there somehwere

I can sit here now still listening to it

 

– W.S. Merwin

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