Affirm your independence with W.S. Merwin — simplicity, complexity, perfection!

I hope you enjoy this poem as much as I did. Today, I feel like one of the happy few — and maybe that’s one of the benefits of being a writer, moving beyond labels, finding a voice “outside the box!”

To the Happy Few
by W. S. Merwin

Do you know who you are

O you forever listed
under some other heading
when you are listed at all

you whose addresses
when you have them
are never sold except
for another reason
something else that is
supposed to identify you

who carry no card
stating that you are—
what would it say you were
to someone turning it over
looking perhaps for
a date or for
anything to go by

you with no secret handshake
no proof of membership
no way to prove such a thing
even to yourselves

you without a word
of explanation
and only yourselves
as evidence

“To the Happy Few” by W.S. Merwin, from Collected Poems: 1996-2011. © Library of America, 2013.

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