The words to say it

with the night falling we are saying thank you 
we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings 
we are running out of the glass rooms 
with our mouths full of food to look at the sky 
and say thank you 
we are standing by the water thanking it 
smiling by the windows looking out 
in our directions 

This is today’s offering from the Poem-a-Day feature of the American Academy of Poets. 
Sign up to read the rest of Merwin’s poem today.

Some days, the poem makes me shrug. 
Some days, it changes my whole day
That’s the point

Wishing you many reasons to give thanks.


  1. angels-in-my-soul on June 5, 2014 at 7:24 am

    Dear Ms Diamant
    I live in Malaysia and have just finished reading The Red Tent. The book was so compelling and moving, so poignant and painful, and so much about women – my mother, my grandmother, my daughter, me – that I felt you reach into my soul and give our roles in life meaning.
    Thank you.
    I have just started reading it aloud to my 14 year old daughter because I wanted to share the journey with her.
    I just wanted to tell you what a beautiful writer I think you are. I believe that every mother of a young daughter should read this – so that it opens her to sharing her soul with her child.
    Thank you so very much.

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