BILL MOYERS: When we confirmed this meeting, you suggested that I read a poem in here called “Rain Light.” Why did you suggest that one?W.S. MERWIN: I don’t know, I just — that seems to be a very close poem to me.BILL MOYERS: Here it is:
All day the stars watch from long agomy mother said I am going nowwhen you are alone you will be all rightwhether or not you know you will knowlook at the old house in the dawn rainall the flowers are forms of waterthe sun reminds them through a white cloudtouches the patchwork spread on the hillthe washed colors of the afterlifethat lived there long before you were bornsee how they wake without a questioneven though the whole world is burning
BILL MOYERS: “Even though the whole world is burning.” It is, isn’t it?W.S. MERWIN: Yes. It is. It is burning, and we’re part of the burning. We’re part of the doing it. We’re part of the suffering it. We’re part of the watching it helplessly and ignorantly. And we know it’s happening. And it is just us. It is our lives. We’re burning. We’re, you know, we’re not the person we were yesterday. We’re not the person we were 20 years ago.
From a June 26, 2009 interview
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