By W. S. Merwin b. 1927
Your absence has gone through me   
Like thread through a needle.
Everything I do is stitched with its color.

W. S. Merwin, “Separation” from The Second Four Books of Poems (Port Townsend, Washington: Copper Canyon Press, 1993). Copyright © 1993 by W. S. Merwin. Reprinted with the permission of The Wylie Agency, Inc.

Source: Poetry (January 1962).


Discover this poem’s context and related poetry, articles, and media.

Poet W. S. Merwin b. 1927

Subjects Living, Relationships, Sorrow & Grieving, Love, Separation & Divorce, Romantic Love, Realistic & Complicated

Poetic Terms Epigram, Free Verse, Simile, Elegy