March 18, 2019— W.S. Merwin, my favorite living poet, beloved to so many readers, passed away March 15, three days ago. With him I shared a love of trees, poems, & the landscapes, plants, & histories of the Hawaiian Islands. I woke the morning after his death to gray skies and opened my favorite book of his, The Rain in the Trees. It sparked a brief meditation, here at Orion magazine’s blog.