Term – W.S. Merwin


TERM

At last minute a word is waiting

not heard that way before and not to be repeated or ever be remembered

one that always had been a household word

used in speaking of the ordinary everyday recurrences of living

not newly chosen or long considered

or a matter for comment afterward

who would have thought it was the one

saying itself from the beginning through

all its uses and circumstances to utter at last that meaning of its own

for which it had long been the only word

though it seems now that any word would do

w.s. merwin 1927-2019/R.I.P.

 

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