News : To the Fire

How long have I been

looking into you

staring through you into

the other side

there is no way of telling


it appears to have continued

from an age of its own

this scrutiny of the bright

veil rising and the lit

corridors of the embers

in which I see the days


beyond touch beyond reach

beyond all understanding

beyond their faces

beneath your dangerous wings

you at whose touch

everything changes

you who never change


there in you one at a time

are the unknown days

turning the corners

the unseen past

the unrecognized present

familiar but already

beyond identity


expressions without selves

appearing finally within you

of whom the light is made


W.S. Merwin

North Street Collective