Li-Young Lee


Li-Young Lee Poems

1. A Story 1/13/2003
2. Arise, Go Down 3/11/2015
3. Braiding 1/13/2003
4. Dreaming Of Hair 1/13/2003
5. Early In The Morning 1/13/2003
6. Eating Alone 1/13/2003
7. Eating Together 1/13/2003
8. For A New Citizen Of These United States 1/13/2003
9. From Blossoms 1/13/2003
10. I Ask My Mother To Sing 1/13/2003
11. Immigrant Blues 6/8/2015
12. Little Father 10/20/2015
13. My Indigo 1/13/2003
14. Nativity 1/13/2003
15. One Heart 2/19/2015
16. Out Of Hiding 1/13/2003
17. Pillow 7/21/2006
18. The City In Which I Loved You 1/13/2003
19. The Father's House 1/13/2003
20. The Gift 1/13/2003
21. The Hammock 1/24/2015
22. The Sacrifice 1/13/2003
23. This Hour And What Is Dead 1/13/2003
24. This Room And Everything In It 1/13/2003
25. Visions And Interpretations 1/13/2003
26. With Ruins 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Li-Young Lee

I Ask My Mother To Sing

She begins, and my grandmother joins her.
Mother and daughter sing like young girls.
If my father were alive, he would play
his accordion and sway like a boat.

I've never been in Peking, or the Summer Palace,
nor stood on the great Stone Boat to watch
the rain begin on Kuen Ming Lake, the picnickers
running away in the grass.

But I love to hear it sung;
how the waterlilies fill with rain until
they overturn, spilling water into water,
then rock back, and fill with more,

Both women have begun to cry.
But neither stops her song.

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Eating Alone

I've pulled the last of the year's young onions.
The garden is bare now. The ground is cold,
brown and old. What is left of the day flames
in the maples at the corner of my
eye. I turn, a cardinal vanishes.
By the cellar door, I wash the onions,
then drink from the icy metal spigot.

Once, years back, I walked beside my father

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