Li-Young Lee Poems
|3.||Arise, Go Down||3/11/2015|
|7.||The Father's House||1/13/2003|
|12.||For A New Citizen Of These United States||1/13/2003|
|13.||This Hour And What Is Dead||1/13/2003|
|14.||Dreaming Of Hair||1/13/2003|
|15.||Out Of Hiding||1/13/2003|
|16.||Visions And Interpretations||1/13/2003|
|17.||This Room And Everything In It||1/13/2003|
|21.||The City In Which I Loved You||1/13/2003|
|23.||Early In The Morning||1/13/2003|
|26.||I Ask My Mother To Sing||1/13/2003|
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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.
In the dark, a child might ask, What is the world?
just to hear his sister
promise, An unfinished wing of heaven,
just to hear his brother say,
A house inside a house,
but most of all to hear his mother answer,
One more song, then you go to sleep.
How could anyone in that bed guess