Remembering, By W. S. Merwin

There are threads of old sound heard over and over

phrases of Shakespeare or Mozart the slender

wands of the auroras playing out from them

into dark time the passing of a few

migrants high in the night far from the ancient flocks

far from the rest of the words far from the instruments

From “The River Sound” by W. S. Merwin (Alfred A. Knopf: 134 pp., $23)