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Two poems by Louise Glück

  • Published at 07:00 pm October 15th, 2020
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Poetry

October

Snow had fallen. I remember

music from an open window.

 

Come to me, said the world.

This is not to say

it spoke in exact sentences

but that I perceived beauty in this manner.

 

Sunrise. A film of moisture

on each living thing. Pools of cold light

formed in the gutters.

 

I stood

at the doorway,

ridiculous as it now seems.

 

What others found in art,

I found in nature. What others found

in human love, I found in nature.

Very simple. But there was no voice there.

 

Winter was over. In the thawed dirt,

bits of green were showing.

 

Come to me, said the world. I was standing

in my wool coat at a kind of bright portal —

I can finally say

long ago; it gives me considerable pleasure. Beauty

the healer, the teacher —

 

death cannot harm me

more than you have harmed me,

my beloved life.

 

[This is the third section of a six-part poem, “October”. From her collection, Averno (2006)]

 

Snowdrops

Do you know what I was, how I lived? You know

what despair is; then

winter should have meaning for you.

 

I did not expect to survive,

earth suppressing me. I didn't expect

to waken again, to feel

in damp earth my body

able to respond again, remembering

after so long how to open again

in the cold light

of earliest spring--

 

afraid, yes, but among you again

crying yes risk joy

 

in the raw wind of the new world.

 

[From The Wild Iris (1992)]

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