EppsNet Archive: W.S. Merwin

How Can You Ever Be Sure?

1 Sep 2015 /

W.S. Merwin

I asked how can you ever be sure
that what you write is really
any good at all and he said you can’t

you can’t you can never be sure
you die without knowing
whether anything you wrote was any good
if you have to be sure don’t write

— W.S. Merwin, “Berryman”

“Yesterday” by W.S. Merwin

8 Oct 2006 /

My friend says I was not a good son
you understand
I say yes I understand

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