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Another Dream of Burial

Dreamed before 2009 by W.S. Merwin

Sometimes it is a walled garden
with the stone over the entrance
broken and inside it a few
silent dried-up weeds or it may
be a long pool perfectly still
with the clear water revealing
no color but that of the gray
stone around it and once there was
in a painting of a landscape
one torn place imperfectly mended
that showed the darkness under it
but still I have set nothing down
and turned and walked away from it
into the whole world

SOURCE: The Shadow of Sirius by W.S. Merwin, 2009, Copper Canyon Press.

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