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For The Anniversary Of My Death - Poem by William Stanley Merwin

Every year without knowing it I have passed the day
When the last fires will wave to me
And the silence will set out
Tireless traveller
Like the beam of a lightless star

Then I will no longer
Find myself in life as in a strange garment
Surprised at the earth
And the love of one woman
And the shamelessness of men
As today writing after three days of rain
Hearing the wren sing and the falling cease
And bowing not knowing to what


Comments about For The Anniversary Of My Death by William Stanley Merwin

  • Bronze Star - 2,373 Points Kay Staley (9/30/2014 9:53:00 AM)

    This poem is so carefully made random and set so far out yet so close to the heart that it is hard to understand. Its abstract quality and seemingly careless musings are very thought out. I only regret that it doesnt rhyme and that it has such a vague quality that leaves you with a delightful hopeless feel. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 74,296 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (9/30/2014 4:05:00 AM)

    A poem having some philosophical thoughts about life and the shamelessness of man he wrote. A life poem and remembering the death also.wonderful creativity. (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 876 Points Liliana ~el (9/30/2013 6:08:00 PM)

    An abstract questioning with depth but no answer as many live on awaiting enlightenment! (Report) Reply

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Poems About Death

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  3. 3. Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
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  5. 5. Because I Could Not Stop For Death , Emily Dickinson
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  12. 12. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  13. 13. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  14. 14. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  15. 15. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  16. 16. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  17. 17. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  18. 18. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
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  20. 20. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
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  30. 30. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  31. 31. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  32. 32. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  33. 33. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  34. 34. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  35. 35. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  36. 36. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  37. 37. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
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