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W.S. Merwin - Before The Flood

Why did he promise me
that we would build ourselves
an ark all by ourselves
out in back of the house
on New York Avenue
in Union City New Jersey
to the singing of the streetcars
after the story
of Noah whom nobody
believed about the waters
that would rise over everything
when I told my father
I wanted us to build
an ark of our own there
in the back yard under
the kitchen could we do that
he told me that we could
I want to I said and will we
he promised me that we would
why did he promise that
I wanted us to start then
nobody will believe us
I said that we are building
an ark because the rains
are coming and that was true
nobody ever believed
we would build an ark there
nobody would believe
that the waters were coming

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Poet: W.S. Merwin
Poem: Before The Flood
Poem of the Day: Nov 11 2010

Comment 29 of 29, added on November 26th, 2016 at 6:56 PM.
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Comment 27 of 29, added on November 28th, 2015 at 2:47 AM.
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W2wb1D Major thanks for the post.Really looking forward to read more.

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