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Poem: Ask Me by William Stafford

Some time when the river is ice ask me
mistakes I have made. Ask me whether
what I have done is my life. Others
have come in their slow way into
my thought, and some have tried to help
or to hurt: ask me what difference
their strongest love or hate has made.

I will listen to what you say.
You and I can turn and look
at the silent river and wait. We know
the current is there, hidden; and there
are comings and goings from miles away
that hold the stillness exactly before us.
What the river says, that is what I say.

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anais_pf
Mar. 12th, 2014 09:46 pm (UTC)
Did you write this? I like it.
liveonearth
Mar. 13th, 2014 04:43 am (UTC)
by William Stafford
I didn't know who wrote it when I posted it but I just looked it up, and I am beginning to recognize the style and flavor of Stafford. I like it too.
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