thanks again

November 28, 2013 § Leave a comment

this is my poetic Thanksgiving offering. I translated the first stanza of Merwin’s poem Thanks by assigning each word a number. I used a random number generating program to create a list of numbers. I then wrote down the words corresponding to the generated numbers, keeping the same word count per line as the original. (the lines won’t break properly here but I hope you get the idea)

thanks again
– a random number translation of the first stanza of Thanks by W.S. Merwin

bow the our windows listen of water food
night thankyou saying listen falling full saying the the saying
it listen looking are in we bridges of
it mouths thankyou out the the we the say by thankyou
in to stopping we
the on to directions the windows night are
listen in to mouths we the
listen we saying

(c) 2013 Fred Whitehead


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