Saturday Morning

With what stillness at last
you appear in the valley
your first sunlight reaching down
to touch the tips of a few
high leaves that do not stir
as though they had not noticed
and did not know you at all
then the voice of a dove calls
from far away in itself
to the hush of the morning…

~ W. S. Merwin, from “To the New Year” from Present Company

Photo: Ian Cowe (Perthshire, Scotland)


  1. ease in

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  2. a welcome awakening

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  3. Have always loved Merwin…for me, his words shimmer.

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  4. “Sitting over words very late I have heard a kind of whispered sighing not far like a night wind in pines or like the sea in the dark the echo of everything that has ever been spoken still spinning its one syllable between the earth and silence.
    ~W. S. Merwin, The Rain in the trees.

    He’s special. And this makes me miss open windows. It smells like an early one this year.

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  5. Beautiful.
    Oh, to be able to express one’s self like this…

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  6. “…the voice of a dove calls…” or a dog barks because of readiness to morning-start that uncompromising dog-day of love. 😬R.

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  7. Beautiful. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have poets for neighbors? How would we know? Benches on every lawn? 🙂

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  8. Valerie Meluskey says:

    Ah, so sweet, that sunrise photograph and Merwin.

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  9. Love the photo and W. S. Merwin’s words…ty for the intro /// “then the voice of a dove calls” I love hearing the morning doves” a bit too early to hear them…soon they will return…though I keep thinking we have some in our attic…I call my dear hubby into the bathroom to listen to a cooing that travels in through the fan, he has yet to hear what I hear…I went out early when the light greeted the day…about 1/2 hour later the fog rolled in, laying down its robe upon me and the harder frost…thankfully an hour later the sun broke through…gifting us with bright light & warm kisses…the cats are stretched out sunning in the garden…

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  10. For me it is Sunday morning and warm going on hot

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  11. Beautiful 🙏🏻

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