My students and I are reading a poem by W.S. Merwin for our "Poem of the Week." It's called "Thanks," and it was written in 1988.
Read it, and I think you will find it has a very 2020 vibe. Which is surprising, as Merwin passed away in 2019. Or perhaps, it is not surprising at all, as the work of poets seems to be to tell us old truths - still unknown or unacknowledged - in new ways.
I am learning from the poem "Thanks," but my favorite Merwin poem remains "Language," published in 2007:
"Certain words now in our knowledge we will not use again, and we will never forget them. We need them. Like the back of the picture. Like our marrow, and the color in our veins. We shine the lantern of our sleep on them, to make sure, and there they are, trembling already for the day of witness. They will be buried with us, and rise with the rest."
- From The Book of Fables by W.S. Merwin. Copyright © 2007