William Morris Meredith Jr.

(January 9, 1919 – May 30, 2007 / New York City)

William Morris Meredith Jr. Poems

1. Hazard's Optimism 1/12/2012
2. Partial Accounts 1/12/2012
3. Consequences 1/12/2012
4. Five Accounts Of A Monogamous Man 1/12/2012
5. Hazard Faces A Sunday In The Decline 1/12/2012
6. “do Not Embrace Your Mind’s New Negro Friend” 1/12/2012
7. Politics 1/12/2012
8. Notes For An Elegy 1/12/2012
9. The Cheer 1/12/2012
10. Envoi 1/12/2012
11. In Loving Memory Of The Late Author Of Dream Songs 1/12/2012
12. The Illiterate 1/12/2012
13. The Open Sea 1/12/2012
14. The Wreck Of The Thresher 1/12/2012
15. Earth Walk 1/12/2012
16. Last Things 1/12/2012
17. The Jain Bird Hospital In Delhi 1/12/2012
18. Love Letter From An Impossible Land 1/12/2012
19. Navy Field 1/12/2012
20. Thoughts On One’s Head 1/12/2012
21. Effort At Speech 1/12/2012
22. Tree Marriage 1/12/2012
23. Starlight 1/12/2012
24. Accidents Of Birth 1/12/2012
25. Rhode Island 1/20/2003
26. Parents 1/20/2003

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Parents

What it must be like to be an angel
or a squirrel, we can imagine sooner.

The last time we go to bed good,
they are there, lying about darkness.

They dandle us once too often,
these friends who become our enemies.

Suddenly one day, their juniors
are as old as we yearn to be.

They get wrinkles where it is better
smooth, odd coughs, and smells.

It is grotesque how they go on
loving us, we go on loving them

The effrontery, barely imaginable,
of having caused us.And of how.

Their lives: surely
we can do better than ...

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The Illiterate

Touching your goodness, I am like a man
Who turns a letter over in his hand
And you might think this was because the hand
was unfamiliar but, truth is, the man
Has never had a letter from anyone;
And now he is both afraid of what it means
And ashamed because he has no other means
To find out what it says than to ask someone.

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