Before The Flood Poem by William Stanley Merwin

Before The Flood

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Why did he promise me
that we would build ourselves
an ark all by ourselves
out in back of the house
on New York Avenue
in Union City New Jersey
to the singing of the streetcars
after the story
of Noah whom nobody
believed about the waters
that would rise over everything
when I told my father
I wanted us to build
an ark of our own there
in the back yard under
the kitchen could we do that
he told me that we could
I want to I said and will we
he promised me that we would
why did he promise that
I wanted us to start then
nobody will believe us
I said that we are building
an ark because the rains
are coming and that was true
nobody ever believed
we would build an ark there
nobody would believe
that the waters were coming

Indira Renganathan 21 February 2017

Presaging verses about the coming of waters so to build an ark.....interesting

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Tom Allport 21 February 2017

a poem with a message? that every body cries when some one dies!

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Bernard F. Asuncion 21 February 2017

Promise.... thanks for sharing......

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Edward Kofi Louis 21 February 2017

To build an Ark before the flood! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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William Stanley Merwin

William Stanley Merwin

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