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ISSN 1409-6900 | UDK 82+7     Blesok no. 40 | volume VIII | January-February, 2005



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                     Peer-reviewed journal
Blesok no. 40January-February, 2005
Poetry

How These Words Happened

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William Stafford

Yes
Ask Me
My Name Is William Tell
For My Young Friends Who Are Afraid
How These Words Happened
Poetry

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Ask Me

Some time when the river is ice ask me
mistakes I have made. Ask me whether
what I have done is my life. Others
have come in their slow way into
my thought, and some have tried to help
or to hurt: ask me what difference
their strongest love or hate has made.
I will listen to what you say.
You and I can turn and look
at the silent river and wait. We know
the current is there, hidden; and there
are comings and goings from miles away
that hold the stillness exactly before us.
What the river says, that is what I say.






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