Reflections

A Magazine of Theological and Ethical Inquiry from Yale Divinity School

The Present - poem by W.S. Merwin

Author: 
W.S. Merwin

As they were leaving the garden 
one of the angels bent down to them and whispered

I am to give you this
as you are leaving the garden

I do not know what it is
or what it is for
what you will do with it

you will not be able to keep it
but you will not be able

to keep anything 
yet they both reached at once

for the present
and when their hands met

they laughed

Issue Title: 
Let's Talk: Confronting Our Divisions
Issue Year: 
2018