I Live Up Here

I live up here
And a little bit to the left
And I go down only

For the accidents and then
Never a moment too soon

Just the same it’s a life it’s plenty

The stairs the petals she loves me
Every time
Nothing has changed

Oh down there down there
Every time
The glass knights lie by their gloves of blood

In the pans of the scales the helmets
Brim over with water
It’s perfectly fair

The pavements are dealt out the dice
Every moment arrive somewhere

You can hear the hearses getting lost in lungs
Their bells stalling
And then silence comes with the plate and I
Give what I can

Feeling It’s worth it

For I see
What my votes the mice are accomplishing
And I know I’m free

This is how I live
Up here and simply

Others do otherwise

W. S. Merwin

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