Muriel Rukeyser Poems
|2.||The Speaking Tree||12/15/2011|
|4.||Then I Saw What The Calling Was||12/15/2011|
|5.||The Poem As Mask||12/15/2011|
|7.||Waiting For Icarus||12/15/2011|
|8.||From A Play: Publisher's Song||12/15/2011|
|10.||George Robinson: Blues||12/15/2011|
|11.||Haying Before Storm||4/22/2010|
|19.||The Book Of The Dead||12/15/2011|
|24.||Metaphor To Action||12/15/2011|
|25.||[murmurs From The Earth Of This Land]||12/15/2011|
|26.||Elegy In Joy||12/15/2011|
|27.||Boy With His Hair Cut Short||4/22/2010|
|29.||The Conjugation Of The Paramecium||1/20/2003|
|31.||Reading Time: 1 Minute 26 Seconds||12/15/2011|
For that I never knew you, I only learned to dread you,
for that I never touched you, they told me you are filth,
they showed me by every action to despise your kind;
for that I saw my people making war on you,
I could not tell you apart, one from another,
for that in childhood I lived in places clear of you,
for that all the people I knew met you by
crushing you, stamping you to death, they poured boiling
water on you, they flushed you down,
for that I could not tell one from another
only that you were dark, fast on your feet, and slender.
Not like ...
Haying Before Storm
This sky is unmistakable. Not lurid, not low, not black.
Illuminated and bruise-color, limitless, to the noon
Full of its floods to come. Under it, field, wheels, and mountain,
The valley scattered with friends, gathering in
Live-colored harvest, filling their arms; not seeming to hope
Not seeming to dread, doing.
I stand where I can see
Holding a small pitcher, coming in toward
The doers and the day.