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BOOKS AUGUST 27, 2008

Falling

Long before daybreaknone of the birds yet awakerain comes down with the soundof a huge wind rushingthrough the valley treesit comes down around usall at the same timeand beyond it there is nothingit falls without hearing itselfwithout knowingthere is anyone herewithout seeing where it isor where it is goinglike a moment of greathappiness of our ownthat we cannot remembercoasting with the lights off

--W.S. Merwin

 

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