I’ve lost a cherished friend I never met. I was saddened to learn that poet and environmentalist W.S.Merwin migrated Friday, March 15, to join his beloved Paula. The world received a great light in Merwin’s life and poetry. He wrote so lyrically, his words often ascended the page in song when I read them. I sing his “Lark” the way I first heard it sing itself from a page in tribute to him and in gratitude for the wings he gave my heart, rising from its shadows, finding its light and vision and voice.
Along with metaphoric wings, Merwin tirelessly provided trees for songbirds to rest and nest in. He was a committed environmentalist who worked everyday to preserve the palm forest in Hawaii at his @themerwinconservancy
He was a light, a guide, and a model of stewardship.
Thank you, sir, for sharing your light in your poetry, that it may still illuminate us in this world that continues, better for having had you here. May your migration transport you in love and peace. You are missed on this earth, and my heart flies heavy.
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