Li-Young Lee Poems
|2.||Arise, Go Down||3/11/2015|
|4.||Dreaming Of Hair||1/13/2003|
|5.||Early In The Morning||1/13/2003|
|8.||For A New Citizen Of These United States||1/13/2003|
|10.||I Ask My Mother To Sing||1/13/2003|
|16.||Out Of Hiding||1/13/2003|
|18.||The City In Which I Loved You||1/13/2003|
|19.||The Father's House||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|
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.
The Father's House
Here, as in childhood, Brother, no one knows us.
And someone has died, and someone is not yet
born, while our father walks through his church at night
and sets all the clocks for spring. His sleeplessness
weighs heavy on my forehead, his death almost
nothing. in the only letter he wrote to us