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Along with a million others, I watched the “Together We Thrive” memorial service held on January 12th, 2011 for the victims of the Jan. 8 attack on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords that killed six and wounded 13, including the congresswoman in Tucson, AZ.

I was especially moved by the words and tone of the closing poem  by W. S Merwin, our country's poet laureate, entitled To the New Year Present Company.

A rendering of my thoughts....

Present Company

To the New Year

With what stillness at last
you appear in the valley
your first sunlight reaching down
to touch the tips of a few
high leaves that do not stir
as though they had not noticed
and did not know you at all
then the voice of a dove calls
from far away in itself
to the hush of the morning 

so this is the sound of you
here and now whether or not
anyone hears it this is
where we have come with our age
our knowledge such as it is
and our hopes such as they are
invisible before us
untouched and still possible

W.S. Merwin

Copper Canyon Press



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