December Night Poem by William Stanley Merwin

December Night

Rating: 3.6


The cold slope is standing in darkness
But the south of the trees is dry to the touch

The heavy limbs climb into the moonlight bearing feathers
I came to watch these
White plants older at night
The oldest
Come first to the ruins

And I hear magpies kept awake by the moon
The water flows through its
Own fingers without end

Tonight once more
I find a single prayer and it is not for men

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Brian Jani 16 May 2014

Stanley Amazing showcase of poetry, keep it up

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M Asim Nehal 02 December 2018

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Susan Williams 09 April 2018

Tonight once more / I find a single prayer and it is not for men - - this poem just calls for meditation

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Prabir Gayen 02 December 2018

Very good poem...............

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Mahtab Bangalee 02 December 2018

in destruction a magpie shows the light of living and a prayer lives for unknowingly! /// lovely poem

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Khairul Ahsan 09 December 2020

'Tonight once more I find a single prayer and it is not for men' - these two lines leave a lot to think about. Congratulations to the poet on his poem's selection as the 'Classic Poem of the Day'!

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Mahtab Bangalee 09 December 2020

And I hear magpies kept awake by the moon The water flows through its Own fingers without end Tonight once more I find a single prayer and it is not for men /// excellent poem penned; it's as usually to me a loving poem; delightful feel to read In the inner courtyard of the December night Love is cultivating endlessly in the heart of the lover The land of attraction is awakening with the immortal attraction of prayer He is not a man in the South's happy embrace of prayer; Women

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Dr Antony Theodore 09 December 2020

The heavy limbs climb into the moonlight bearing feathers I came to watch these White plants older at night The oldest Come first to the ruins a very fine poem. tony

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Ratnakar Mandlik 09 December 2020

A narration of december night in a haunting style has truely earmarked the poem as a classic poem. Thanks for sharing it here.

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William Stanley Merwin

William Stanley Merwin

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