This is a place where a door might be
here where I am standing
In the light outside all the walls
there would be a shadow here
all day long
and a door into it
where now there is me
and somebody would come and knock
on this air
long after I have gone
and there in front of me
a life would open
–W.S. Merwin, published in The Atlantic, February 1971. Used by permission of the Merwin Estate. Copyright © 1971 by W. S. Merwin.
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