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Thankyou

Listenwith the night falling we are saying thank you we are stopping on the bridges to bow from the railings we are running out of the glass rooms With our mouths full of food to look at the sky and say thank you we are standing by the water thanking it smiling by the windows looking out in our directions

back from a series of hospitals back from a mugging after funerals we are saying thank you after the news of the dead whether or not we know them we are saying thank you

over the telephone we are saying thank you in doorways and in the backs of cars and in elevators remembering wars and the police at the door and the beatings on stairs we are saying thank you in the banks we are saying thank you in the faces of the officials and the rich and of all who will never change we go on saying thank you thank you

with the animals  dying around us our lost feelings we are saying thank you with the forest falling faster than the minutes of our lives we are saying thank you with the words going out like cells of a brain with the cities growing over us we are saying thank you faster and faster with nobody listening we are saying thank you we are saying thank you and waving dark though it is

by W.S. Merwin

Bob