WHEN THE WAR IS OVER
When the war is over
We will be proud of course the air will be
Good for breathing at last
The water will have been improved the salmon
And the silence of heaven will migrate more perfectly
The dead will think the living are worth it we will know
Who we are
And we will all enlist again
— W.S. Merwin, from his 1967 book The Lice. Brand-new 50th Anniversary Edition available now. Poem used by permission of the publishers, www.coppercanyonpress.org.
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