SUN AND RAIN
Opening the book at a bright window
above a wide pasture after five years
I find I am still standing on a stone bridge
looking down with my mother at dusk into a river
hearing the current as hers in her lifetime
now it comes to me that that was the day
she told me of seeing my father alive for the last time
and he waved her back from the door as she was leaving
took her hand for a while and said
at some signal
in a band of sunlight all the black cows flow down the pasture together
to turn uphill and stand as the dark rain touches them
— W.S. Merwin, from his book Flower & Hand (Copper Canyon Press, 1997). Copyright © 1997 by W. S. Merwin. Used by permission of the publishers.
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